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Federal Employees News Digest : Jan. 28, 2013
consistent with the applicable terms and conditions, remaining mindful of the manner in which individual contacts advance the core mission of the agency," he said, quoting the document. "On what grounds can such disparate treatment be justified?" Cox asked. "How in terms of the basic principles of fair- ness and workforce management can this guidance pass any reasonable laugh test?" The union official said the guidance "dramatically increases" the likelihood that agencies will end up violating pro- hibitions against direct conversions that shift work from federal employees to contractors. Cox called on OMB to issue additional guidance that spells out those prohibi- tions, and that also imposes "comparable sacrifices" on contractors. See the letter at: http://afgeunionblog. files.wordpress.com/2013/01/ltr-guid- ance-on-sequestration.pdf. Gao says government’s accounting is lacking The federal government's finan- cial reporting needs improvement, the Government Accountability Office said this month. GAO on Jan.17 said that is unable to render an opinion on the federal govern- ment's 2012 consolidated financial state- ments "because of widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties, and other limitations." GAO said the main obstacles to render- ing an opinion included "serious financial management problems" at the Defense Department "that made its financial state- ments unauditable;" the federal govern- ment's "inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between federal agencies;" as well as the government's "ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements." U.S. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro said the government has made some headway in addressing the prob- lems, but not nearly enough, particularly given ever-tighter budgets. "Although we've seen significant improvements in federal financial man- agement and accountability over the years, our report on the U.S. government's consolidated financial statements under- scores that further progress is urgently needed," Dodaro said in a statement. Dodaro said that while most agencies received unqualified opinions, DOD and the Department of Homeland Security have been continual exceptions. "Efforts are under way at both agen- cies to address this situation, he said. To see more, go to: http://www.gao.gov/ press/financial_report_2013jan17.htm. Paperless claims process in works at Va The Department of Veterans Affairs January 28, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 26 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3 One Website... Breaking News Policy Reference Legal Updates Job Listings Forums Career Blogs Retirement Strategy Pay & Bene ts Guidance Financial Planning ...Hundreds of Resources www.FederalDaily.com Check in daily to: • Read headlines and top stories, including breaking policy news • Find job opportunities and federal resources inside FedCentral • Join the conversation with 50,000+ feds in the Federal Soup forums • Shop for federal benefts and retirement guides in the FedStore continued on page 8
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