Now we know what federal managers are asked to do in the latest executive order from the Trump administration. It’s not the first time they’ve been asked to look for waste and redundancy. Don Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, offers some perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Amid the last-minute maneuvering to pass the 2016 omnibus bill and avert a government shutdown, the Senate last week passed two bills that address government waste.
Sen. Tom Coburn’s report on government waste details spending on 100 government projects, programs and initiatives at a cost of $18 billion. The report also points to potentially systemic issues affecting federal management, such as the lack of strategic sourcing in federal acquisition and the General Services Administration’s outdated contract schedules.
Working group suggests CFC managers codify a ban on expenses for meals, beverages and entertainment. The recommendations follow an inspector general report that questioned more than $700,000 in spending, including a jazz band and chair massages.
The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave the acting GSA administrator 21 days to answer 41 multi-part questions about the agency’s efforts to prevent waste, fraud and abuse following the now infamous Western Regions Conference. Senators also recommended the agency review all other recent GSA conferences for possible problems.
Unless changes are made ”the United States faces new waves of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan” according to the Commission on Wartime Contracting. USAID, the Departments of Defense and State are singled out in a new commission report for their inadequate planning.
By Jane Norris FederalNewsRadio With $787 billion stimulus dollars are flowing out from the Government to stimulate the economy the Obama administration is aware that fraud and abuse can happen with that amount of cash…