Workforce

Government said lagging on anti-fraud technologies

Daniel Werfel, controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, says his "jaw dropped" when he first visited the Recovery and Transparency Board's sophisticated fraud-detection operation.

Workforce

Administration's use of interim rules upsets industry

Business groups question the Obama administration’s frequent use of interim rules that put a regulation into effect before it's in final form.

Workforce

Rosetta Stone for corporate IDs would simplify accountability

ORGPedia aims to ease the exchange of data between existing systems used to track political contributions.

Workforce

Obama orders agencies to improve customer service

President Barack Obama tells agencies to develop customer service plans with at least one major technology initiative for each agency.

Workforce

SSA trust fund reimbursement may be at risk due to outdated systems, audit says

Grant Thornton LLP recently completed an audit of the Social Security Administration's system to determine the administrative expenses to be reimbursed from the four trust funds it oversees.

Cybersecurity

Legislation would tighten intell IT oversight

Program officers would have to tell the director of national intelligence about their IT projects before they could spend money if a new spending bill becomes law.

Federal Coach: Obama asks federal employees for their suggestions on government efficiency

"What do you think?" It’s a simple question, but one that federal managers routinely should be asking of their employees if they want an engaged workforce.

Workforce

5 steps to effective Gov 2.0 initiatives

Consultant Mark Madsen shows agencies how to turn social media into a powerful tool that can support larger organizational goals.

Workforce

Why best practices won't fix federal IT

By the time you document a best practice, the problem, event, process or solution will have changed, writes consultant Dennis McDonald, who offers a readily available alternative.

Workforce

SSA faces IT management problems, IG says

The Social Security Administration's inspector general targets eight major management IT problem areas for improvement.

Workforce

HUD IT spending plan falls short, GAO says

The Housing and Urban Development Department needs to do a better job of assessing and mitigating risks in its IT expenditure plan, according to GAO.

Cybersecurity

DHS makes moderate progress on IT management, IG says

The Homeland Security Department got moderate scores for IT management, acquisition and emergency management in a new report from Inspector General Richard Skinner.

CACI nabs DHS financial services deal

The $450 million contract calls for CACI to integrate the department’s enterprise financial, acquisition and asset management systems.

Workforce

Government turnover elevated in mission-critical arenas

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton has found that attrition rates for government employees are high in some fields, including among mission-critical employees and new hires.

DOD cuts will slow overall fed IT spending growth

Federal spending on IT will increase slightly in the next five years. Who can expect to see their budgets grow and who faces cuts, according to new TechAmerica Foundation Vision survey forecasts.

Workforce

OMB's hold on financial systems comes with a price

An OMB-mandated pause on financial system projects is likely to diminish momentum on modernization efforts, write Laurance Alvarado and John Cox, senior directors at Alvarez and Marsal.

IT Modernization

Consolidate IT infrastructure, save $1 trillion, CEOs say

The Technology CEO Council claims the federal government can save $1 trillion in 10 years by streamlining supply chains, consolidating data centers, automating paper processes and applying anti-fraud analytic tools.

Workforce

VA losing ground on GI benefits automation program, IG says

The Veterans Affairs Department is moving to automate the processing of veterans' education benefits, but the program is still vulnerable to performance and cost problems, according to the VA's inspector general.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers pressure DHS on financial modernization program

Two House Democrats have written the White House to criticize a Homeland Security Department financial system upgrade expected to cost as much as $1 billion.

Workforce

CDC awards grants for public health performance management systems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to boost the performance management capabilities of public health agencies with new funding.

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