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6:55 pm, December 19, 2014

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Uniform Guidance alters how agencies manage $600B in annual grants

Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget cuts financial management regulations governing federal grants and other assistances by 75 percent, reducing the risk of waste, fraud and abuse and promoting greater transparency.

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Agencies have a long way to go to reach data-centricity

USDA, DHS and Transportation are taking steps to implement OMB's May 2013 open data policy. Each agency faces policy and process challenges, but they say progress is starting.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:04am EST
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IT reform bill overcomes toughest hurdle on path to become law

The House and Senate Armed Services committee members agreed to keep a pared down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:19pm EST

Cherry-picking OSTP experts for new jobs

Harvard, the Commerce Department and the Office of Management and Budget are stealing away three senior executives from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:34am EST

OMB to seed digital services teams across government

The U.S. Digital Service team is working with VA and other agencies to hire and train employees to apply the agile development approach to projects. Mikey Dickerson, USDS director, said the goal is two-fold: to create lasting agile development capacity in agencies and to ensure agencies think about citizens' needs first and foremost.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:06pm EST
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White House to hold federal managers accountable for employee engagement

Senior managers soon may have more to fret about when it's time to discuss their performance with the boss: Are they engaging employees and creating inclusive work environments?

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:03pm EST

Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Clear evidence is in: the agile software development concept is leading to more successful federal technology projects. The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo calling for modular project development in 2012, and it's been monitoring its uptake since. Lisa Schlosser is acting federal chief information officer. Mikey Dickerson is the director of the U.S. Digital Service and the deputy federal chief information officer. Haley Van Dyck is a member of the Digital Services Team. All three of them sat down with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller to discuss the progress in using the agile concept commonly known as DevOps.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:50pm EST
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Never mind sequestration, Pentagon to seek budget boost in 2016

The Defense Department already had telegraphed that it would request more money than sequestration allows for in 2016. But the military's top officer said Wednesday that new missions involving Ebola, the Islamic State and Russia likely will push DoD's funding request even higher.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 05:01am EST
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Not the Montgomery Ward, but the shared services catalog

The Treasury Department isn't quite getting ready for the Christmas buying season, but it is preparing for the shared services buying season. Treasury will release a catalog of shared services early in 2015.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:34am EST

Rick Parrish, Senior Analyst, Forrester

The President's Management Agenda includes a big customer service component. Deputy Director for Management at OMB, Beth Cobert, details how she expects your agency to improve its customer service experience. Rick Parrish, senior analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals at Forrester, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect in the year ahead.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration has been trying to measure and benchmark the costs and best practices of back-office functions that all agencies do. The Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration say it's the first step toward long-term and meaningful improvements in efficiency and effectiveness. Their efforts are starting to impress even skeptical agency managers. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how some agencies are doing an about face when it comes to understanding the value of this benchmarking initiative.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:44am EST
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OMB, GSA winning over those skeptical of measuring back-office functions

The administration is establishing cost and quality benchmarks for administrative operations, such as human resources, finance, acquisition, and IT. After initial doubts, agencies see benefits from understanding how much they are paying for specific functions and how much others are paying for comparable jobs.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:51am EST
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Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration has set aside 1.5 percent of its personnel budget for training and reinvestment in skills for the next fiscal year. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the focus will be on customer relations and evolving with technology. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller caught up with Tangherlini at the National Contract Management Association's annual government symposium. Tangherlini described his relationship with the Office of Management and Budget's Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert and some of the things they're working on together on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:27am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget recently released an update to Circular A-123, a guide for agencies on managing risk at an enterprise level. A new report from the Association of Government Accountants examined the revision. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about why A-123 is a big deal in government accounting circles.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:52pm EST
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GAO: OMB program inventory needs work to detect duplicative programs

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Office of Management and Budget revise its guidance to agencies in order to collect better data for its governmentwide program inventory, which is meant to cut down on overlaps in program services.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 11:45am EST
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The beginning of a HSPD-12 rewrite?

Rumors have been circulating over the last few months about a possible reconsideration of the identity management technologies agencies are implementing under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12).

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:45am EST

Cobert: Technology, innovation key to OMB's management agenda

Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, told an audience of federal executives that agencies need to take advantage of technology and data to drive innovation in government.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget

Cross agency priorities get much of the focus so far in the President's Management Agenda for the rest of President Barack Obama's second term. But the PMA officially has four major components. Beth Cobert, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, laid out the four components in a keynote speech at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia last night. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why she'll push hard on the agenda for the rest of the administration.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Greg Wallig, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

The Office of Management and Budget has given agencies new directions for tracking, reporting and overseeing improper payments. It comes in the form of an update of Appendix C to Circular A-123. Greg Wallig, managing director of Grant Thornton, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the changes.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:36pm EDT
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