Obama Impact

  • Timing, technology converge to better attack improper payments

    Over the last three years, agencies understood the problem better, improved how they tracked the information and used advanced data analysis tools to lower the governmentwide rate to 4.69 percent from 5.42 percent in 2009. While the amount of money improperly paid out hit a high of $125 billion in 2010, Danny Werfel, the Office of Management and Budget’s controller, expects it to drop for a second consecutive year, below the $115 billion mark in 2011.

  • Romney’s private-sector approach to government includes realigning pay, downsizing workforce

    It’s no secret Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney envisions broad changes to the federal government and its workforce. In campaign speeches, Romney has spoken of aligning federal pay with that of the private sector and reducing the federal workforce through attrition. But federal unions say Romney’s comments and proposals should give feds pause. This story is part of Federal News Radio’s special, week-long multimedia report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

  • Obama’s effort to reorganize government results in little progress

    John Powers is a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP. He spoke to Federal News Radio as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

  • Improper payments by agency, FY 2011

    A chart of the six agencies with the most improper payments in 2011.

  • Your BIG boss: How’s he doing?

    Would you like to be present when Uncle Sam, as an employer, gets a physical? Is the federal government a better or worse place to work today than it was a few years ago. For a stem-to-stern look at pay, benefits, acquisition, diversity and contracting, check us out today, starting with Senior Correspondent Mike Causey’s column.

  • Cool Roofs Initiative helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals

    Agencies are installing white, reflective roofs, solar panels and plant-filled green roofs to cut down on energy costs and save taxpayers money. This is all in response to President Barack Obama’s executive order requiring agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.

  • Obama earns green thumb for sustainability record

    Jon Powers is the Federal Environmental Executive for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He spoke to Federal News Radio as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

  • Obama administration kick-starts regulatory reform, but more action needed

    The Obama White House says it has cut red tape, reduced paperwork for businesses and citizens, and required agencies to simplify or get rid of old regulations. But how effective has this been? For analysis, Federal News Radio turns to Jerry Ellig, who was acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning under George W. Bush. He spoke to Federal News Radio as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

  • In Depth interviews – September 17

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • Technology reforms give agencies a needed lift

    In part 2 of Federal News Radio’s special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the success and change brought by five technology initiatives. We rated three as effective, one as having made some progress, but more is needed, and a fifth as ineffective.