Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees’ contributions to their retirement plans.
The 2015 edition of the High Risk List is out from the Government Accountability Office. It includes two new areas, and no areas came off the list this year. Gene Dodaro is Comptroller General of the United States. He introduced the List this week and testified about it to both the House and the Senate. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he gets one question about the High Risk List more than any other.
The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.
The Government Accountability Office says federal agencies have made “strong, steady progress” to cut down the potential for waste and fraud over the past two years, but not enough progress to take anything off of GAO’s High Risk List. The latest list is 32 items long and has two new additions. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter has the story.
As it does every two years at the start of a new Congress, the Government Accountability Office will release its “High Risk List” today. The list calls attention to agencies and programs GAO auditors believe are vulnerable to “fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.” Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland’s School for Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the guide, and what’s different from the 2013 version.
Two new entries join this year’s High-Risk List from the Government Accountability Office. Nextgov reports the GAO includes IT acquisition and veterans health care in its biennial risk assessment. Keith Trippie is CEO of Trippie Group, and former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office in the CIO Office of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the challenges agencies face to get off the list.
GAO adds two new areas to the list, NOAA’s satellite programs and the federal government’s financial risk because of climate change. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said nearly every initiative on the list made progress in fixing their problems over the last two years.
A total of 30 programs, once again, are considered troubled, including two new areas. But, the Government Accountability Office removed the IRS’ Business Systems Modernization program after 18 years on the list, and interagency contracting after 8 years.
Cyber criminals might unknowingly provide the impetus to help agencies address a cybersecurity skills gap. OPM also is working with agencies to address other shortfalls in key workforce competencies.
GSA’s System for Award Management is finding its footing after a rough start. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan said he’s watching the systems’ progress carefully.