Fifteen organizations, both liberal and conservative, called on the White House to use a scalpel rather than a meat ax to cut DoD civilian employees.
The Trump administration has ordered up a reorganization that’s got both opportunities and dangers. Dave Wennergren, chief operating officer of the Professional Services Council and former federal executive, discusses some of the options on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The numbers that the Census Bureau comes up with do more than tally up the population, they also affect where billions in federal dollars go each year. Phil Sparks, co-director of The Census Project, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the bureau may be underfunded.
Nobody seems to be paying attention to the bigger picture of where federal finances are headed.
The Government Accountability Office brought in 13 experts on federal technology last fall to have a frank discussion about what’s working and what’s not with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.
Congress has been criticized for kicking the can down the road when it comes to federal spending, but as the government shutdown clocks ticks closer to midnight — and agencies dust off their contingency plans — some are wondering if that kicked can might be the best option right now.
It’s unclear exactly when Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will leave office, but his departure as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees opens the door to a variety of new candidates, who have the opportunity to shift the committee’s focus back to issues of federal and financial management and government efficiency.
The Defense Department won’t have any problems spending money if Congress can pass a budget next week.
Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, applauds the Trump administration’s intent but questions its approach to reigning in contract duplication.
Linda Springer, a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, said in part 2 of her exclusive interview about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans that the White House wants to give agencies a lot of freedom in how they execute their plans.
Now that the Office of Management and Budget has put flesh on the bones of the Trump administration’s plans for government reform, the obvious question comes up. Can in fact the government run efficiently with fewer people? Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Management Program at American University, asks Federal Drive with Tom Temin, if that’s true, where’s the evidence?
Governance, risk and compliance. Sounds like the dry stuff of corporate and agency process. But in fact it’s a crucial set of activities that lead to better financial management and program accountability. Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Dan Zitting, chief product officer for ACL and a former auditor with Ernst and Young, about the trends in public sector GRC.
President Trump issued an executive order for federal agencies to review their policies and procedures for buying American. He suspect loopholes in buy-American laws are too often used when the government buys. Agencies are to forward their legal and procedural reviews to Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross, who will in turn deliver a draft set of recommendations by the end of the year.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, DHS’ Office of Inspector General says phone scammers are making it appear as if the IG’s office is calling people in need of personally identifiable information.
Linda Springer, a senior adviser at OMB, said the Trump administration is borrowing from past administrations and modifying many long-held concepts to reorganize and restructure the government.