The Office of Management and Budget’s Dave Mader said the demand for shared services is driving the government back to consider private sector providers after several years of focusing on the government only.
Government issued more improper payments in fiscal 2015 — $137 billion — a new high for agencies since the Office of Management and Budget first began measuring the rate in 2004. And as more agencies receive more material weaknesses, OMB said the federal accounting community has a role to play in turning this negative trend around.
The Association of Government Accountants teamed with services firm Clinfton-Larson-Allen to examine ways to improve data transparency. Ann Ebberts, CEO at AGA explained the purpose of this, the 38th research project the AGA has done to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
New data from the administration shows 13 milestones for administrative shared services, including seven for human resources, in 2016.
Office of Management and Budget Deputy Chief Information Officer Lisa Schlosser said her office will start holding agencies more accountable for taking advantage of plays in the U.S. Digital Services Playbook. The playbook lists 13 best practices for delivering products and services to the public more quickly.
Chief financial officers often see some of the same challenges in hiring and recruiting financial managers, producing cost information and performance and risk management that they encountered 25 years ago.
On paper, shared services seem like a great way to lower IT infrastructure costs get rid of redundant applications and efforts. In reality, shared services come with some big challenges. The Association of Government Accountants surveyed would-be federal users of shared services. AGA CEO Ann Ebberts joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Association of Government Accountants’ third annual survey of federal IGs found auditors say they get support from their agencies, but there’s a growing concern about obtaining all the information they need for investigations.
The Department of Homeland Security is on a roll. The GAO calls their priority goal on data work “outstanding,” the Association of Government Accountants gave the agency two awards for excellence in accountability reporting, and the second audit opinion in a row has come back clean. Chip Fulghum is the Chief Financial Officer at DHS. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose when it comes to success, it’s a team effort.
The Office of Management and Budget to release a memo or guidance in the second quarter of 2015 to set governmentwide expectations for how agencies will manage risk. Controller David Mader said lessons from implementing Circulars A-123 and A-11 could be expanded into agency mission areas.