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Government Accountability Office director explains retention disparities among Navy officers

Surface Warfare Officers leave the Navy sooner and at higher rates than other officers, and female officers leave even faster than their male counterparts, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Cary Russell, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, said the career path for other Navy communities […]

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Government Accountability Office identifies best practices for minimizing cancelled appropriations

The new Biden administration budget includes a flat Defense Department topline and increases for most civilian agencies. If historic trends hold, though, almost $24 billion of the money agencies get will go back to the Treasury at the end of the fiscal year. Jeff Arkin, Acting Director of Strategic Issues at the Government Accountability Office, […]

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Legislation needed to clarify jurisdiction for Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery was “almost set up to fail,” according to the man who runs it. A year into his tenure, though, he says the office is a success. Brian Miller, Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, said he needs legislation from Congress to clarify that his jurisdiction […]

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Growing number of pandemic oversight committees could cause inefficiencies, says Grant Thornton executive

The Department of Justice will stand up an interagency Fraud Enforcement Task Force to collaborate with agencies on investigation and fraud in COVID-19 relief from the American Rescue Plan. That is in addition to the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee and the Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery. Robert Shea, National Managing Principal […]

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Government Accountability Office releases comprehensive report on domestic abuse in the Defense Department

The Senate will consider legislation to make big changes to the way the Defense Department and the services handle cases of domestic abuse. One provision of that bill would take decisions away from commanders and give them to prosecutors. Brenda Farrell, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, said her […]

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Former commissioners agree the Internal Revenue Service should be a $20 billion organization

President Biden proposes $80 billion for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Five former commissioners write in the Washington Post this week that money could help create a fairer tax system. Charles Rossotti and Fred Goldberg, former Internal Revenue Service commissioners who support the proposal, said in order to fully function, the agency needs a $20 […]

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Serious concerns raised over most expensive weapons system in history

The most expensive weapons system in history is about to get more expensive. A new analysis from the Government Accountability Office suggests the F-35 aircraft could end up costing more to operate than the services say they can afford. Diana Maurer, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office, said the Air […]

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Former Comptroller General argues for fewer government financial auditing requirements

The latest Government Accountability Office audit of the United States government shows plenty of room for improvement in financial reporting. Former Comptroller General David Walker said requiring financial statement audits below the department-wide level incurs unnecessary costs and an audit opinion should only be required for the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government. Walker […]

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