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  • OMB plays data matchmaker to combat rise in improper payments

    David Mader, OMB controller, said the administration will target specific agencies with new technology to access more data to combat this long-standing challenge. GAO reported Feb. 26 that the governmentwide improper payment rate was 4.02 percent, meaning agencies misspent almost $125 billion in 2014.

  • OMB’s Dave Mader: A ‘zealot’ for shared services

    The controller in the Office of Management and Budget says the next two years are critical for financial management shared services. Mader said along with Treasury, OMB will be determining how best to get agencies to move to one of four federal providers.

  • How to fix the SES: Wipe the slate clean

    Political leaders of all stripes have long called for reforming the Senior Executive Service. But what if instead of fixing the SES’ current problems, the government wiped the slate clean and started from scratch? In part four of Federal News Radio’s special report, Fixing the SES, current and former members of the service discuss what the key ingredients would be in a new SES recipe.

  • Fixing the SES: The truth about accountability

    Does the federal government hold members of the Senior Executive Service accountable for their actions? In part three of Federal News Radio’s special report, Fixing the SES, current and former senior executives respond candidly to the criticism.

  • Commerce invites employees to bring forth innovative ideas

    Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House’s $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.

  • OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

    Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

  • Fixing the SES: ‘This used to be an honor. Now it’s a joke.’

    Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

  • Stempfley leaving DHS for private sector position

    Bobbie Stempfley is heading to the private sector after five years at the Homeland Security Department. She worked in a variety of senior executive cyber positions.

  • FedBid splits into two, names Jordan CEO of new public sector company

    The reverse auction vendor says its decision to split up its federal and commercial businesses has nothing to do with the critical Veterans Affairs inspector general report from September. Joe Jordan said FedBid has taken several steps to ensure any problems highlighted by the IG are resolved.

  • OMB gives agencies deadline to set up digital services teams

    The Office of Management and Budget is instructing agencies to set up their own digital services group modeled after those at the General Services Administration under 18F and the Veterans Affairs Department.