Biden to unveil new plan to cut government waste

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to announce Monday a new plan to cut waste across government agencies. The plan is related to a proposal from the government's chief stimulus spending watchdog that all tracking of government spending be modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board's oversight of the $787 billion stimulus bill and aggregated onto a single website, Recovery Board spokesman Ed Pound said Friday. Pound said the "lessons learned" white paper that Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney sent Biden will be released publicly early next week. Biden led the Obama administration's oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act before handing over the reins to White House budget director Jacob Lew, who is also scheduled to be at Monday's announcement. Devaney told the Center for Public Integrity's iwatch news service on Tuesday that a single government reporting system could save taxpayers at least half the estimated $100 million the government currently spends to collect and display spending data across more than two dozen websites. Such a system also would be better at tracking spending and spotting abuse, he said. Devaney is scheduled to testify about his plan at a hearing Tuesday of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform aimed at increasing the transparency of federal spending data. That committee's chairman, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has been an advocate of increasing government transparency through new technology and a vocal critic of current reporting systems for federal spending. Issa discussed the proposed consolidation of government data and reporting programs in a meeting with Biden in December 2010, Devaney told iwatch. The Recovery Board's oversight process is primarily based on mandatory reporting by stimulus recipients. Devaney has said the process of preventing fraud early on through forced transparency is significantly more effective than trying to root it out later. The board also has worked with government inspectors general to train about 130,000 government employees to spot fraud in the stimulus payment and reporting process. The Recovery Board also relies on citizen reports of potential fraud. As of April 30, the board had received more than 6,600 reports of potential misuse of stimulus funds, according to its website. Of those reports, about 1,400 are currently being investigated and 344 have been closed. There have been 144 convictions following investigations, Devaney told iwatch. Devaney asked the White House in February for authority to probe more deeply into secondary recipients of stimulus funds. Direct recipients of stimulus money are currently required to file reports to the Recovery Board along with first-tier subrecipients, such as contractors on a building project. Lower layers of recipients, however, are exempt from the reporting requirements. The Office of Management and Budget has estimated that recipients representing about 95 percent of stimulus money are subject to reporting requirements, but critics have said those numbers are difficult to prove.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.