Federal News Countdown: Smarter government, cyber order and federal pay

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:

John Kamensky, senior fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government
Ron Sanders, vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton

John Kamensky’s stories
#3 Government says it recovers billions in health fraud crackdown
From Los Angeles Times:

The federal government recovered a record $4.2 billion in the last fiscal year from medical providers and others who fraudulently billed government healthcare programs such as Medicare, the Obama administration announced Monday.


#2 IRS program, interagency contracting finally removed from High-Risk list
From Federal News Radio:

Interagency contracting and the IRS Business Systems Modernization program are no longer considered high risk initiatives by the Government Accountability Office. GAO removed these two programs from its biennial High Risk List released today.

#1 Obama: We Need ‘Smarter Government’
From GovExec:

President Obama called for smarter government during his State of the Union address Tuesday night in a speech that focused on creating more jobs and strengthening the economy without adding to the country’s deficit.

Ron Sanders’ stories
#3 Obama’s cyber executive order lays foundation for mandatory regulations
From Nasdaq:

Late Tuesday, President Obama signed an executive order on cybersecurity that offers industry more carrots than sticks to lay the groundwork for eventually mandating security standards and corresponding privacy protections.

#2 Obama calls for ‘smarter’ government in State of the Union
From The Los Angeles Times:

Declaring that the nation is stronger “after years of grueling recession,” President Obama advocated an array of modest second-term initiatives Tuesday night that he said wouldn’t bust the federal budget.

#1 Federal Pay Groundhog Day
From GovExec:

Federal pay again is dominating the news, as the Obama administration and House Republicans yet again offer contrasting proposals on government salaries. President Obama is proposing a 1 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees in fiscal 2014, which we reported Friday evening.