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FCW : January 2013
January 2013 FCW.COM 9 President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Jan. 10 that establishes the Do Not Pay initiative, which seeks to minimize improper payments by the government. The Improper Payments Elimina- tion and Recovery Improvement Act also clari es requirements for agen- cies to use information about such payments when determining program or award eligibility and expands the Of ce of Management and Budget s responsibilities in the effort to elimi- nate and recover improper payments. The law instructs agencies to check several databases, such as the Social Security Administration s Death Master File and the General Services Administration s Excluded Parties List System, before sending payments or making contract awards. It also allows for interagency data- use agreements. OMB must report annually on whether the initiative has helped reduce improper payments and on how frequently the government has had to x incorrect information in the databases. The new law builds on previous efforts to reduce improper payments. OMB reported in November 2012 that agencies have been making fewer such payments since 2009, which has saved the government more than $47 billion. --- Matthew Weigelt Obama signs Do Not Pay legislation Former White House CIO jumps into publishing Brook Colangelo, who served as CIO at the Executive Of ce of the President from 2009 through 2012, is joining Houghton Mif- in Harcourt to lead IT strategy and technology infrastructure development. His previous IT leadership roles also include stints at the Democratic National Convention Committee, the American Red Cross' Hurricane Recovery Program and QRS New- media. He resigned from the White House in December. Colangelo won a Federal 100 award in 2011 and was named to Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders and InformationWeek's Government CIO 50 lists. NIH seeks chief data of cer The National Institutes of Health is joining the recent hiring spree of chief data of cers with its plan to ll a new senior position: associate director for data science. "There is an urgent need and increased opportunities for advanced collaboration and coordi- nation of access to, and analysis of, the rapidly expanding collections of biomedical data, " NIH Director Francis Collins said in a statement released Jan. 10. "NIH aims to play a catalytic lead role in addressing these complex issues --- not only internally, but also with stakehold- ers in the research community, other government agencies, and private organizations involved in scienti c data generation, manage- ment and analysis. " Until the new slot can be lled, Eric Green will be acting associate director for data science while con- tinuing to serve as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Second VA of cial resigns over conference spending Alice Muellerweiss, dean of the VA Learning University, has left her position, according to news reports. She is the second of cial at the Department of Veterans Affairs to resign in the wake of a conference spending scandal that erupted last year. According to a VA inspec- tor general report, Muellerweiss had oversight of the planning and execution of the two human resources conferences under scrutiny, which were held in 2011. John Sepulveda, VA's assistant secretary for human resources and administration, resigned the day before the IG released its report in October 2012. In a statement, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Commit- tee, said the department is in the midst of a leadership crisis. "The parade of VA of cials slowly step- ping down over several months without accepting responsibility is a troubling sign that the VA is not yet positioned to move beyond this abuse, " Issa said. FCW INSIDER Brook Colangelo AP IMAGES agency reports have been deemed outdated or duplicative by Sen. Mark Warner, who has proposed eliminating them 376