Program Management

The creation of DHS and ODNI: cautionary tales

A new report offers management lessons learned from the creation of DHS and ODNI after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

VA's IT project management oversight needs work, IG says

The Veterans Affairs Department's Project Management Accountability System needs more work to be fully effective, according to a new report.

Irene helps FEMA prove itself again

Public officials all along the East Coast are praising FEMA's preparedness and response to Hurricane Irene -- in sharp contrast to public opinion after Katrina.

Official clarifies costs, affordability aspects of products

DOD's acquisition under secretary was clearing up confusion about two ideas that he introduced into the defense acquisition process in 2010 to control costs.

Forest Service business consolidation created problems, GAO says

The Forest Service got a mixed outcome from its consolidation of business services that started a decade ago, according to a new report.

Doug Brown

Treat tech the way you treat people

Practices that make it easier for new employees to succeed can also apply to new technologies, columnist Douglas Brown writes.

How VA missed $213M in overpayments

The Veterans Affairs Department did an incomplete job of tallying its overpayments in 2010 because it did not fully follow White House guidance, according to VA's Office of Inspector General.

IG finds faults in acquisition workforce info system

The acquisition workforce information system is riddled with faults, forcing GSA and other agencies to take different approaches to understanding the makeup of their employees, a report states.

Interior reconsiders future of assisted services branch

Interior's IG questions the usefulness of the Acquisition Services Directorate in Sierra Vista, Ariz., saying its risks might outweigh its benefits.

Specialists are hidden treasures of expertise, GAO says

Officials would do well to hunt down specialists inside their agencies to tap their expertise, a new report advises.

OMB hunts for gaps in keeping out fake products

The Obama administration's anti-counterfeit working group is looking for gaps in legal authority and regulation that may undermine how officials can check on the quality of products the government buys.

DHS, GAO disagree on details of acquisition planning

The Homeland Department said collecting data to decide when to begin planning for a major procurement is a waste of time.

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