The Treasury Department has developed a financial management maturity model to help agencies understand mission value of the CFO’s office.
With agencies making slow, but steady progress under phases 1 and 2 of the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program, the Homeland Security Department and the General Services Administration are exploring whether agencies will need a new model for Phase 3.
The Unified Shared Services Management office released a concept of operations and an RFI for software-as-a-service as part of its plan to continue moving the initiative forward in 2017.
The Office of Management and Budget’s Dave Mader said the demand for shared services is driving the government back to consider private sector providers after several years of focusing on the government only.
Government issued more improper payments in fiscal 2015 — $137 billion — a new high for agencies since the Office of Management and Budget first began measuring the rate in 2004. And as more agencies receive more material weaknesses, OMB said the federal accounting community has a role to play in turning this negative trend around.
The Association of Government Accountants teamed with services firm Clinfton-Larson-Allen to examine ways to improve data transparency. Ann Ebberts, CEO at AGA explained the purpose of this, the 38th research project the AGA has done to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
New data from the administration shows 13 milestones for administrative shared services, including seven for human resources, in 2016.
Office of Management and Budget Deputy Chief Information Officer Lisa Schlosser said her office will start holding agencies more accountable for taking advantage of plays in the U.S. Digital Services Playbook. The playbook lists 13 best practices for delivering products and services to the public more quickly.
Chief financial officers often see some of the same challenges in hiring and recruiting financial managers, producing cost information and performance and risk management that they encountered 25 years ago.
On paper, shared services seem like a great way to lower IT infrastructure costs get rid of redundant applications and efforts. In reality, shared services come with some big challenges. The Association of Government Accountants surveyed would-be federal users of shared services. AGA CEO Ann Ebberts joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Association of Government Accountants’ third annual survey of federal IGs found auditors say they get support from their agencies, but there’s a growing concern about obtaining all the information they need for investigations.
The Department of Homeland Security is on a roll. The GAO calls their priority goal on data work “outstanding,” the Association of Government Accountants gave the agency two awards for excellence in accountability reporting, and the second audit opinion in a row has come back clean. Chip Fulghum is the Chief Financial Officer at DHS. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose when it comes to success, it’s a team effort.
The Office of Management and Budget to release a memo or guidance in the second quarter of 2015 to set governmentwide expectations for how agencies will manage risk. Controller David Mader said lessons from implementing Circulars A-123 and A-11 could be expanded into agency mission areas.
A long-time government financial management expert is calling it quits. Relmond Van Daniker retires as the president of the Association of Government Accountants today. During his 11-year tenure at AGA, Van Daniker helped the organization grow in membership and prominence. He also led an initiative to encourage government to create a four page citizen-centric report, which offers taxpayers information to help them make better decisions within their communities. Van Daniker joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why he feels now is the perfect time to retire.
The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department are designating four shared-service providers for financial management. They will provide core accounting and other services to federal agencies. Relmond Van Daniker, executive director of the Association of Government Accountants, met Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Government Performance Summit to discuss the announcement.