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Small businesses largely immune to reduced contractor pay cap

Reducing the contractor compensation cap to the level of the salary drawn by the President ($400,000) or the Vice President ($230,700), as suggested by some lawmakers and the White House in the past, would dramatically increase the number of employees who earn compensation above the allowable limits GAO said. But the changes would mostly affect large companies, auditors said, because few of the small companies it surveyed pay their employees more than the amount earned by the President and Vice President.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 09:03pm EDT

GAO: Agencies should expand TechStat reviews to all high-risk projects

Federal agencies need to step up their use of TechStat sessions, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. The face-to-face meetings of IT officials and agency leaders have been put to use by the Office of Management and Budget and individual agencies to turn around or terminate dozens of failing IT projects. But only about a third of the agency projects deemed most at risk of cost overruns or schedule slips have undergone the reviews, GAO reported.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 07:49pm EDT

Regulatory czar nominee pledges to speed up review process

President Barack Obama's pick to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pledged to clear up delays in the regulatory process if confirmed by the Senate. Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, Howard Shelanski said improving the timeliness of OIRA's work -- which has come in for criticism from Republican lawmakers and transparency groups, alike -- is among his top priorities.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 06:21pm EDT
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Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Some question who's in charge at GSA with six feds on admin leave

Industry experts say GSA is looking for scapegoats for the problems outlined in two recent inspector general reports, instead of stepping back and understanding the real issues auditors raised.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 03:50pm EDT

Agencies improving security of IT networks slowly, but surely

The White House released updated progress report on the cross-agency cybersecurity goals and found most agencies improved. The administration said more agencies are using smart cards to log onto their networks and more are implementing continuous monitoring.

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Performance.gov faces identity crisis

Nearly two years after the site launched, the Office of Management and Budget still hasn't clearly defined its purpose or its intended audience, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 06:05pm EDT

New data could be difference-maker for move to shared services

OMB and Treasury have been working with the four federal financial management shared services providers to collect information on cost and performance. OMB Deputy Controller Norman Dong said the data will help agencies make true comparisons of the providers.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 05:26am EDT
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OMB takes first step toward comprehensive inventory of federal programs

The Office of Management and Budget took the first step Friday in attempting to compile a comprehensive list of federal programs with the launch of a new online inventory. Hosted on Performance.gov, the Federal Program Inventory aims to be a one-stop shop for information about the more than 1,600 programs agencies operate and how they complement -- or even duplicate -- the work of other programs.

Friday - 05/31/2013, 06:36pm EDT

OMB wants 10 percent cut in 2015 budget requests

New guidance requires agencies to reduce discretionary spending requests for 2015 by reducing duplication and consolidating like programs across the government.

Thursday - 05/30/2013, 08:38pm EDT

White House wants to scrap law allowing costly contractor salaries

The Obama administration has called on Congress to cap government-reimbursed contractor compensation at $400,000, a move that the head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy said would save hundreds of millions of dollars. Joe Jordan, the OFPP administrator, said the White House would send proposed legislation to Congress next week.

Thursday - 05/30/2013, 06:02pm EDT

Former OMB performance guru Metzenbaum lands new job

Shelley Metzenbaum is now the president of the Volcker Alliance, a non-partisan group trying to improve trust in government. Metzenbaum left the Obama administration earlier this month.

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 05:50pm EDT

VanRoekel pins initial open data hopes on economics

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said the benefits will outweigh the concerns about making information more accessible.
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Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 12:40pm EDT
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New mobile tools give agencies ‘giant innovation permission slip'

On the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy, the Office of Management and Budget highlighted the progress being made to make agency information and systems device-agnostic. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said mobile is the new default platform.

Friday - 05/24/2013, 06:43am EDT
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5 percent of federal workforce to be furloughed Friday

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Management and Budget and the Environmental Protection Agency will all shut down Friday because of widespread employee furloughs — giving feds a four-day holiday weekend. The Labor and Interior Departments also are telling employees to stay home.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 05:40pm EDT

OMB director taps VanRoekel to lead management team

Steve VanRoekel will continue to be the federal CIO, in addition to taking on new management responsibilities at OMB. Norman Dong will lead OMB's Federal Financial Management Office.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 12:48pm EDT

OMB reworking financial system requirements to focus on outcomes, not inputs

The administration is expected to release a new directive in the coming weeks to update Circular A-127, which defines how agencies operate their financial systems. The new guidance is expected to open the market up to vendors and make it easier for agencies to transition to shared service providers.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Obama appoints Danny Werfel acting IRS head

President Barack Obama has appointed senior White House budget officer Daniel Werfel to be acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, a White House official says.

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 05:18pm EDT

OMB fuels the passion, synergy between mobile, open data

The impact of the Digital Government Strategy has been hard to measure so far, but federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said the government is ready to unleash the potential of open data. New tools for how agencies should build and secure mobile devices are expected in the next few weeks.

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 05:35am EDT
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GAO, OMB spar over whether to measure data center cost savings

Government auditors told House Oversight and Government Affairs members that saving money from closing more than 1,000 data centers needs to be metric. OMB said optimization of core data centers is a more important measure than straight cost savings.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 06:01am EDT
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