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12:22 am, April 25, 2015

OMB News

John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The Office of Management and Budget is ramping up its oversight on how well agencies are meeting their two and four-year priority goals. OMB is also pushing agencies to beef up their own strategic reviews, too. John Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the results from the latest round of agency-run reviews.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:07pm EDT
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Rep. Cummings warns more feds at risk in USIS cyber breach

A review by federal cyber experts from DHS, ODNI and OPM raise the prospect that the initial estimate of 27,000 federal employees thought to have been impacted by the August 2014 cyber breach of security clearance contractor USIS is low. In light of that breach and others, OMB led a governmentwide review of contracts to ensure contractors are in compliance with laws and policies to protect government data on non-federal systems.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 03:46am EDT
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Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

The Office of Management and Budget has yet to release its guidance on implementing the last procurement reform bill to become law. But now another bill has already entered the pipeline. This one's called the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry recently introduced it as a discussion draft, and now contractors are weighing in. Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss some of the changes the council is recommending.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Shelley Metzenbaum, President, Volcker Alliance

Anyone new to management soon learns an eternal truth: You get what you measure. That's key to success in the data driven, performance improvement climate President Barack Obama's Office of Management and Budget has fostered. Shelley Metzenbaum was the associate director for performance management at OMB. Now president of the Volker Alliance, she's still out there preaching the basics of performance measurement as a strategy for performance improvement. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of her latest thinking.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:37am EDT
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Shea: Congress' data plan could save big money

Data-driven decision-making takes another step forward in the federal government if a new bipartisan bill in Congress becomes law. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have a bill to build an oversight and management framework for data in government. Robert Shea is a principal at Grant Thornton, and former associate director for administration and government performance at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the idea of another commission isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:45pm EDT
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OMB adds a twist to two-year goal setting process

Lisa Danzig, associate director for personnel and performance at OMB, said a new memo requires agencies to set high-priority objectives earlier than usual in an effort to institutionalize and continue progress. Agencies have deadlines in June and July to create goals and implementation plans.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:07am EDT
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OMB, GAO confident in FITARA's impact as guidance is finalized

Federal CIO Tony Scott said he expects to release policy to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act by mid-May. He and others say FITARA will help reign in technology and bring discipline to management and buying processes to reduce duplication.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Lessons for federal IT from Roman architecture

Scott told the 39 participants who kicked off the IT Solutions Challenge last week to follow in the example of an ancient Roman architect.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:46am EDT

Cloud legislation gets new life behind CDM success

Federal chief information officer Tony Scott, a growing number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill and industry associations are warming to the idea of new legislation to make it easier for agencies to buy cloud services.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:27am EDT

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The White House wants agencies to start preparing now for the final year of the administration's cross-agency management goals. The Office of Management and Budget says the final year will focus on making those changes permanent so they'll carry over into the next administration. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies can prepare for the beginning of the end.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:56pm EDT
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From the Old Post Office to FBI headquarters, GSA gets creative with federal property

As the government's landlord, the General Services Administration is coming up with creative approaches for how agencies can consolidate their workforces, rethink their office spaces and dispose of excess properties. In our latest special report, Federal News Radio takes an in-depth look at two projects receiving a lot of buzz: the renovation of the Old Post Office building and the relocation of the FBI headquarters.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 02:51am EDT

DoT, USDA to stop kicking the IT consolidation can down the road

Acting Agriculture CIO Joyce Hunter is taking aim at consolidating 15 assorted networks the agency uses. At Transportation, CIO Richard McKinney is creating shared services for commodity IT to get the bureau CIOs out of the IT services business.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:05am EDT
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Nabors promoted to VA chief of staff

The Veterans Affairs secretary has picked a White House veteran to be his new chief of staff, replacing Joe Riojas. Riojas has been with VA since 2009 and is leaving government.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:48am EDT

Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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OMB targets further federal office space reductions

David Mader, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will issue a memo today requiring agencies to set an annual square foot reduction target and to adopt space design standards for future office space. The Reduce the Footprint memo builds on the 2013 Freeze the Footprint policy that saw a reduction of more than 20 million square feet of office space.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 06:00am EDT
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Federal CIO Scott to pilot IT initiatives toward smooth landings

Tony Scott, the new federal chief information officer, said in his first public speech his priorities are to ensure existing administration technology efforts are successful. But Scott offered some insights into tweaks and focus areas.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:22am EDT
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Agencies to pilot Yelp-like button to gauge customer service

The new "federal feedback button" is the White House's latest attempt to boost agencies' interactions with Americans and enhance their level of customer service.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:42pm EDT

24 feds get to work with Obama on fixing the SES

The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:15am EDT

White House launches 'employee of the month'-type awards for customer-focused feds

Beginning next month, agencies can begin honoring certain front-line employees through the administration's new Federal Customer Service Awards Program.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:02pm EDT

Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
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