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We would not want to face another disaster with this level of national debt, says debt limit expert

The Government Accountability Office projects the nation’s debt will hit its highest point in history in 2028, after which the debt will grow faster than the gross domestic product. GAO reports after the pandemic the government should prioritize getting the country on a sustainable long-term path. Susan Irving, Senior Advisor to the Comptroller General on […]

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NAPA’s suggested “national investment board” would need White House endorsement

The Treasury Department has distributed $150 billion to counties and cities in 30 days as part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The National Academy of Public Administration has recommendations for agencies implementing programs with quick turnaround times effectively. NAPA President and CEO Terry Gerton said challenges for the agency include the large amount of money […]

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Chief Human Capital Officers Council should be revitalized, says former OPM director

Merging the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration would not fix problems at the agency, according to a panel Congress commissioned. The NAPA report lists 23 new recommendations for OPM. Linda Springer, Former Director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the NAPA report made an important contribution by shifting the focus […]

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Concerns remain about thousands of potentially vulnerable data centers

The Office of Management and Budget has pushed agencies to consolidate data centers and use existing centers more efficiently. The Government Accountability Office finds OMB can do more to track how it is measuring server use. David Hinchman, Acting Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Issues at GAO, said this year’s report suggests overall good […]

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Annual human capital reviews must be restarted, says GAO managing director

The Government Accountability Office’s newest High-Risk List shows improvement in seven areas, but Strategic Human Capital Management is one of the areas that is backsliding. Chris Mihm, Managing Director of Strategic Issues at GAO, said one reason human capital went back in the leadership area is that OPM had an acting director for 18 of […]

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PRAC will receive funding to create a Pandemic Analytics Center of Excellence

President Biden just signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee will oversee implementation of the latest coronavirus relief bill while continuing to try to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the CARES Act. Michael Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, said the biggest challenge in providing data […]

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Female members of the military pay more out of pocket for uniform items

Members of the military pay out of pocket for some parts of their uniforms, but the cost can vary significantly. The Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department can do more to track these cost disparities and address them. Tina Won Sherman, Acting Director for Defense Capabilities and Management at GAO, said her team found […]

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