One of the biggest culprits of improper payments in the federal government — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — is making progress to combat the issue.
Gone are the days where state CIOs are primarily focused on IT infrastructure. CIOs ranked communication, relationship-building and strategic thinking as the most critical leadership traits for a successful CIO. Technology expertise came in at number nine.
The CFO Council and the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Service give agencies a guide to address an area of improper payments that has long been overlooked.
Demek Adams, a principal at Grant Thornton who leads the financial management practice, said agencies can jump on that bandwagon and improve not only their financial management, but their overall business processes and citizen services by making better use of the data.
LaVerne Council, the national managing principal for Enterprise Technology Strategy and Innovation at Grant Thornton and a former Veterans Affairs Department CIO, said agency technology executives have to tackle their challenging roles by combining their mission goals with IT strategies based on data to build trust across the department.
OFPP has asked ACT-IAC to help find and share examples of agencies who are being innovative in federal procurement.
The Trump administration seeks to cut more than $63 million from the IG offices at five agencies, according to its fiscal 2019 spending plan.
Linda Miller, the fraud risk management practice lead for Grant Thornton, said agencies continue to struggle to identify how big of a problem fraud is for their programs, partly because program managers don’t think it’s their responsibility.
The Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton’s biennial survey of federal acquisition workers found budget uncertainty and oversight requirements temper their optimism.
Aurpon Bhattacharya, a principal and Foundational Analytics Lead at Grant Thornton, said agencies can reduce the overwhelming feeling of managing and understanding the troves of data they own.