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GAO — 2015 ANNUAL REPORT: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

April 15, 2015 Comments off

GAO — 2015 ANNUAL REPORT: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits
Source: Government Accountability Office

GAO’s 2015 Annual Report identified 12 new areas of fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in federal programs and activities. GAO also identified 12 new opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. Related work and GAO’s Action Tracker—a tool that tracks progress on GAO’s specific suggestions for improvement—are available here.

What GAO Found
+ In its 2015 report, GAO presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 24 areas that span a broad range of government missions and functions.

+ GAO suggests 20 actions to address evidence of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication in 12 new areas across the government missions of defense, health, income security, information technology, and international affairs.

+ GAO also presents 46 opportunities for executive branch agencies or Congress to take actions to reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury across 12 areas of government.

The future of the global power sector: Preparing for emerging opportunities and threats

April 14, 2015 Comments off

The future of the global power sector: Preparing for emerging opportunities and threats
Source: Deloitte

Power companies need to modify their management models to adapt to shifting realities, including price reductions that are leading to narrower margins, improvements in the quality of supply, demand for new services, a sharper focus on environmental protection, new technologies that modify traditional business scope by focusing on the technical management of assets, and many more.

Global Human Capital Trends 2015; Leading in the new world of work

April 14, 2015 Comments off

Global Human Capital Trends 2015; Leading in the new world of work
Source: Deloitte

Global organizations today navigate a “new world of work”—one that requires a dramatic change in strategies for leadership, talent, and human resources. More than 3,300 organizations from 106 countries contributed to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015 survey, assessing the importance of specific talent challenges and their readiness to meet them.

This report explores 10 major trends that emerged from our research, which reflects four major themes for 2015: leading, engaging, reinventing, and reimagining. We present the capability gaps associated with each of these trends and offer practical insights to help you address these challenges in your organization. We also outline six key findings and invite you to interact with the Human Capital Trends Dashboard to explore the trends by geography, industry, and company size.

Anita Borg Institute Reveals Top Companies for Women Technologists 2015

April 13, 2015 Comments off

Anita Borg Institute Reveals Top Companies for Women Technologists 2015
Source: Anita Borg Institute

Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, announced today the Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index. In its fifth year, the Top Companies initiative is a national program designed to recognize companies where women technologists can thrive.

The Leadership Index is the definitive standard that identifies companies that are leaders in enabling and growing women in technical roles. ABI’s Top Companies program uses quantitative data supplied by participating companies and a widely accepted statistical methodology to score participants on the representation of women at all levels and year-over-year trends in recruitment and promotion of women within the U.S. technical workforce of the participating companies.

For this year’s Top Companies Leadership Index, the Anita Borg Institute evaluated 35 technology companies with a total technical workforce of over 435,000. BNY Mellon is the 2015 winner of ABI’s Top Companies for Women Technologists with the highest cumulative score. The 2015 winner will be recognized at the 2015 Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards banquet on May 14, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Global Research from Accenture and Ponemon Institute Quantifies How Proactive Cyber Security Strategies Can Improve Security Effectiveness

April 10, 2015 Comments off

Global Research from Accenture and Ponemon Institute Quantifies How Proactive Cyber Security Strategies Can Improve Security Effectiveness
Source: Accenture/Ponemon Institute

New research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and the Ponemon Institute sheds light on the success factors of companies that have improved their cyber security strategies, resulting in quantifiable business benefits. The research shows that proactive strategies can improve and expand on value delivered to the business.

Of the nearly 240 companies surveyed as part of the global research, those with a more proactive security stance saw their security effectiveness score improve by an average of 53 percent over a two-year period, while non-proactive companies only achieved a change of 2 percent. The report, “The Cyber Security Leap: From Laggard to Leader,” looks at how companies can achieve better security performance while facing an ever-changing number of threats and is the result of a collaborative study conducted by Accenture and the Ponemon Institute.

The research focused on organizations that fit into one of two categories based on how they address security: ‘Leapfrog’ companies, which align security with business goals, focus on security innovation and proactively address potential cyber security threats; and ‘Static’ companies, which focus more on cyber security threat prevention and compliance.

For instance, 70 percent of Leapfrog companies have a company-sanctioned security strategy, compared with just 55 percent of Static companies. In addition, the report’s probability estimates indicate that the perceived likelihood of material data breaches have decreased over time by 36 percent for Leapfrog companies but only by 5 percent for Static companies.

IRS — Victims of Identity Theft Continue To Experience Delays And Errors In Receiving Refunds

April 10, 2015 Comments off

Victims of Identity Theft Continue To Experience Delays And Errors In Receiving Refunds
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Victims of identity theft continue to experience delays and errors in receiving refunds, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

This audit follows up on a 2013 TIGTA report which concluded that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was not providing quality customer service to identity theft victims. The objective was to determine whether the IRS is improving its assistance to victims of identity theft.

On average, the IRS took 278 days to resolve the tax accounts of identity theft victims due a refund, according to TIGTA’s review of a statistically valid sample of 100 identity theft tax accounts resolved in the Accounts Management function in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. That is an improvement over the average 312 days it took the IRS to resolve tax accounts of identity theft victims due a refund in FY 2012.

Review of the Use of Confidentiality Agreements by Department of State Contractors

April 9, 2015 Comments off

Review of the Use of Confidentiality Agreements by Department of State Contractors (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of State, Office of Inspector General

All of the 30 contractors with the largest dollar volume of Department of State contracts used some variation of a confidentiality agreement or confidentiality policy. Some of the contractors had policies or agreements that might have some chilling effect on employees who are considering whether to report fraud, waste, or abuse to the government, such as nondisparagement clauses or provisions requiring notice to the company after receiving an inquiry from a government official. However, none of the companies reported that they had ever enforced any of these provisions against an employee or former employee who disclosed wrongdoing to the government. All 30 contractors also reported that they had a policy in place that encourages the reporting of fraud or legal and ethical violations and provides one or more ways for employees to do so.

From its review of the contractor responses and relevant legal and social science literature, OIG found that several practices are useful in encouraging employees to report fraud, waste, or abuse. These include use of an internal hotline with anonymous option; display of hotline posters in the workplace; a policy that advises employees of their right to contact the government directly if they have knowledge of fraud, waste, or abuse; notification to employees of the statutory protections against retaliation; and a corporate policy that endorses cooperation with a government audit or investigation.

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