Former Census Bureau Director John Thompson says he still believes the 2020 count will be more efficient and cost effective than previous ones, but he urged Congress to fully fund the agency’s request in 2019.
According to the Government Accountability Office, Defense Department’s planning to improve asset management don’t include adequate performance measures. That’s one reason DoD supply chain management is still on GAO’s High Risk List. Zina Merritt is director of Defense capability and management issues at GAO, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin about DoD’s ongoing asset visibility problems.
A Defense Business Board report remains a thorn in DoD’s side, even as the agency stands to get an additional $54 billion in spending for fiscal 2018.
The Government Accountability Office is questioning whether the right people, skills and leadership were devoted to the Veterans Affairs Department’s past efforts to remove VA healthcare from the High-Risk List. But current VA leadership insisted it’s paying attention and asked for patience as it continues to transform the department.
For the Veterans Affairs Department, low morale and difficulty attracting talent are two of the challenges keeping it on the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, offers her take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
GAO Comptroller Gene Dodaro told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin that the agency’s seen significant progress in getting troubled federal projects off its High-Risk List.
The government has a real estate portfolio of approximately 273,000 buildings, many of which are standing vacant. Joe Brennan, director of government investor services, and Lucy Kitchin, senior vice president at the real estate firm JLL, join Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss some important trends in federal real estate.
Public-private leasing and compiling a comprehensive database of government facilities are part of a handful of bills aimed at managing federal real property.
The Defense Department started deployment of its new electronic health record — a major milestone last week in the $4.3 billion program known as MHS Genesis.
The Government Accountability Office said the Homeland Security Department has made a lot of progress towards operating efficiently and as a unified department. Rebecca Gambler, the GAO’s director of Homeland Security and Justice issues, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why DHS is still on the high-risk list.
Federal real property management for another year is included on the Government Accountability Office’s High-Risk List. Auditors say the government’s excess properties, reliance on leasing, and facilities security are challenges it must face to get off the list.
Both the Government Accountability Office and the department’s inspector general say leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department is committed to removing VA health care from GAO’s High-Risk List. But they’ve seen little concrete action beyond VA’s promises of commitment.
The Homeland Security Department is making steps toward a “Unity of Effort” but first leadership must address a wide range of management concerns like IT, financial systems and human capital.
The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 would create a “culture of excellence,” promoting wise use of taxpayer dollars.
The Government Accountability Office added three new areas to its biennial High-Risk list this year. It also removed one government initiative from the list. The 2020 Census is a new concern for GAO, which said the bureau’s technology plans, budget and timeline are at risk.