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Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Cybersecurity, DATA Act, ERP, Federal IT, General, Leadership | 0 comments

It’s been a while since I opined on matters I know little about…so I thought I would continue that tradition by putting out a few thoughts about all things cyber.  No doubt you have all heard about cyber-xxxxx until you are becoming immune to the cries of “Danger Will Robinson.” And that is a real problem because cyber crime, cyber snooping, cyber intrusion, cyber war, and all manner of other things is perhaps the most significant challenge to the well-being of the good ole US of A in this century, IMHO.  I’ve...

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Doggone Dogfight!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Acquisition Reform, Air Force, Defense Strategy, DoD Budget, Force Structure, General, Leadership | 0 comments

  So I have raised the hackles of my esteemed Warthog (A-10) brothers and sisters  and Army and Marine ground pounders before in an article entitled “The A-10 and Reality.”  In that article I took the position that the A-10, even though it was a good airplane for its time (first flown in 1972), should be retired.  I still believe that its time has come.  You can read the details by going to the link, but my opinion is still that while it would be nice to have if the Air Force had unlimited amounts of money, it doesn’t....

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What’s after Electronic Payments ?

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Federal Financial Management, Federal IT, Financial Management | 0 comments

What’s the next big thing in efficiency at Treasury now that electronic payments is well on its way to full implementation? This paper by John B. Hill, the Assistant Commissioner for Payments and Chief Disbursing Officer at Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service proposes that the next BIG Thing is E-Invoicing. Here is his paper: Download (PDF, Unknown) Let us know what you...

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Whoa Nellie!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Defense Industry, DoD Audit, DoD IG, Federal Financial Management, Financial Management, Financial Systems, Uncategorized | 0 comments

So I guess you have to be an old guy like me to remember Keith Jackson, long-time ABC Sportscaster,  shouting “Whoa Nellie” but that’s what came to mind as I read the latest on the US Marine Corps audit saga.  Apparently GAO has forced the DoD Inspector General to retract the Marine Corp’s clean audit opinion because of problems in the suspense accounts.  Here’s a link to an article in Defense News with  the details. I have opined on DoD audits on several occasions….first shouting with joy at the...

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Getting Into Preschool

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in DATA Act, Federal Financial Management, Financial Management, Financial Systems, Shared Services | 0 comments

My oldest grandson, Colin, got into preschool because he played well with others and shared his toys. The federal government is in the early stages of testing its ability to share. Several agencies are working hard to use shared services while others seem less than enthusiastic. Whether the government will measure up to Colin’s preschool standards is uncertain. Certainly each federal agency has specific—and unique—program responsibilities.  Handling those core and unique programs well is essential for each agency. It is also clear...

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DATA ACT: MANY PATHS — SAME DESTINATION

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in DATA Act, ERP, Federal Financial Management, Federal IT, Financial Management, Financial Systems, Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are two areas of the DATA Act implementation that I will briefly discuss. These two areas are closely linked together: XBRL as the standard for data; and the opportunity to leverage numerous approaches and software to obtain the goals of the DATA Act.   XBRL as the Standard Having XBRL as the standard for data may indeed be the right long term goal. However, it is very likely that implementing XBRL as the standard for all data sources will not be complete until well after the deadline for implementation of the DATA Act. In the...

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THE DATA ACT: Unfunded Mandate or Core Requirement?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in DATA Act, Federal Financial Management, Financial Management, Financial Systems, Tresury | 0 comments

On May 9, 2014, President Obama signed the DATA Act. The purpose is to improve the accuracy, timeliness and accessibility of Federal spending so that the public is better informed and better decisions can be made by policy makers. The DATA Act is very broad in scope basically encompassing all Federal spending with some exceptions for national security. It also requires that data standards be developed and enforced and data be reported at very detailed levels. Spending data will be accessible to the public and policy makers on an existing...

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CRS Publishes Summary of the FY2015 NDAA

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Defense Industry, DoD Budget, Sequestration, Uncategorized, wish list | 0 comments

This link is a good a summary as I have seen for the FY15 NDAA.  Here’s the summary page: Read the CRS Summary here: Download (PDF,...

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Military Service SBR Audits Awarded

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in DoD Audit, DoD Budget, DoD IG, Navy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here is a link to the recent DoD announcement regarding the award of audit of SBA to Army, Navy and Air Force.  Box score: Army    KPMG  ~$13 Million Navy     Cotton & Co. ~$9,9 Million Air Force Ernst & Young  ~14.4 Million

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Former Treasury Official, Richard L. Gregg joins H.J. Steininger PLLC

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)—Former Fiscal Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury, Richard (Dick) Gregg, joined H.J. Steininger (HJS) PLLC as a Managing Director, it was announced today. In his position with HJS, Gregg will be heavily involved in growing the HJS practice, which is focused on modernizing and improving federal financial management with an immediate emphasis on implementing financial and administrative shared services and the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. Gregg recently retired after a second tour of...

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