A long-time government financial management expert is calling it quits. Relmond Van Daniker retires as the president of the Association of Government Accountants today. During his 11-year tenure at AGA, Van Daniker helped the organization grow in membership and prominence. He also led an initiative to encourage government to create a four page citizen-centric report, which offers taxpayers information to help them make better decisions within their communities. Van Daniker joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why he feels now is the perfect time to retire.
The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department are designating four shared-service providers for financial management. They will provide core accounting and other services to federal agencies. Relmond Van Daniker, executive director of the Association of Government Accountants, met Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Government Performance Summit to discuss the announcement.
In part 3 of our special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio explores the administration’s plans to ensure success in consolidating and standardizing financial systems this time around. Beth Angerman, director of Treasury’s Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (OFIT), said the goal is creating a repeatable, sustainable process for agencies to move to federal financial management providers. Over the next six months, Treasury and OMB must answer many of the outstanding questions about how this initiative will truly work.
The entire military must pass a financial audit by 2017, and the military services have made slow, uneven progress toward that goal. The Pentagon plans to conduct a partial audit of the entire department next year to identify weaknesses and areas in which it should focus its energy.
Some agency leaders who would be charged with implementing the bill are unsure the DATA Act can be brought to life successfully. Officials said the government can improve how it makes data accessible and publishes procurement and other spending information. But the DATA Act may be asking for things that aren’t pragmatically possible.
The Office of Federal Financial Management is updating Circular A-123 to focus on risk management and data-driven decision-making. OFFM also plans on rescinding the financial systems requirements circular, A-127, in the coming weeks.
DoD says it’s committed to making sure civilians are not furloughed in fiscal 2014, which begins in October. But if sequestration remains in place, the alternative would almost certainly be involuntary reductions in force for both civilian workers and uniformed service members, officials say.
Agency leaders take steps to show they’re serious about employee fraud. Too often, they’re relying on the inspector general’s office to detect corruption.
A forthcoming report by the Association of Government Accountants outlines how federal agencies can best use data analytics to spot trends, problems in operations or evidence of fraud.
The Association of Government Accountants recently released recommendations on how federal agencies can cut improper payments as a way to cut costs.