White House taps inspectors general in campaign to cut waste

As promised, the Obama administration on Thursday launched its Government Accountability and Transparency board, naming a team consisting mostly of experienced inspectors general to "make spending data more reliable and accessible to the American people," according to a press release.

Vice President Biden on June 13 had announced the launch of the Campaign to Cut Government Waste, with himself in the same role of "Sherriff Joe" he played in 2009 when, under the Recovery Act, the administration formed the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.

"Cutting waste, fraud and abuse has been something Washington has talked about for decades, but now more than ever, what the American people need is action," Biden said. "That's why we are tapping the top leaders across government who have been most aggressive in cracking down on waste to drive change and make the government work for our nation's families. With our nation's top watchdogs at the helm, we will deliver the kind of transparency and accountability for federal spending that the public deserves and expects."

Specifically, the board will make recommendations to broaden government's use of new technology to crack down on fraud, and focus on integrating data systems and using data for better decision-making. The goal is to "offer a comprehensive vision for the management of federal spending that will fundamentally change how government works."

Members of the new board, which convened for the first time Thursday, include interim board leader Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics; W. Scott Gould, deputy secretary of at the Veterans Affairs Department; Allison C. Lerner, inspector general of the National Science Foundation; Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general at the Health and Human Services Department; Ellen Murray, assistant HHS secretary for financial resources and chief financial officer; Calvin L. Scovel III, inspector general at the Transportation Department; Kathleen S. Tighe, inspector general at the Education Department; Controller Danny Werfel; David C. Williams, inspector general at the U.S Postal Service; and Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin.

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:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

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