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Sequestration gives federal IT a crisis of confidence

Steven VanRoekel, the federal CIO, said the PortfolioStat approach will help agencies manage through these tough budget times. He said agency technology investments could take a hit as the automatic spending cuts become real.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 05:44am EST
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OMB directs agencies to stop most discretionary bonuses under sequestration

The administration issued new guidance late Wednesday detailing specific steps agencies should take as sequestration now is one-day away. Danny Werfel, OMB's controller, told agency leaders to place "increased scrutiny" around several personnel issues, including new hires, training, travel and conferences.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:55am EST

Sequestration treadmill picking up steam across DoD

The automatic budget cuts set to occur under sequestration will go into effect as a matter of law on Friday. But their full impact won't be felt until late this spring, long after lawmakers encounter the next budget showdown.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:27am EST
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Coburn calls for partial federal job freeze as sequestration nears

The Republican senator from Oklahoma is asking the Office of Management and Budget to require agencies to stop hiring for certain positions. Instead, he would like that funding put towards mission critical jobs that could be affected by sequestration cuts. Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found 10 jobs listed on USAJobs.gov that he believes could be frozen. He says this would give agencies $1.4 million to spend on positions like border security officers and TSA screeners.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 03:03pm EST

OMB, agencies still crunching sequestration-related furlough numbers for non-DoD civilians

The White House released its estimate on the impact of cuts from sequestration would have on each state and the District of Columbia. OMB's Danny Werfel said they still are obtaining clarity on the impact $85 billion in cuts would have on each agency.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 05:29am EST

OMB to test agency readiness to move to financial shared services

Danny Werfel, the OMB controller, will issue a new policy in the coming weeks that will mandate agencies simplify their requirements before upgrading their general ledger systems. The policy also will require agencies to strongly consider one of the four federal shared service providers. OMB said it has learned lessons from the previous attempts to move agencies into these common financial management infrastructures.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 05:43am EST
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New metrics to help agencies determine value of social media

GSA led a 12-member interagency working group to create a set of measures specifically aimed at defining the usefulness of social media for agencies. The agency also released an API that lets users create tools to bring together government social media feeds in one place. Both tools are called for in the Digital Government Strategy.

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 05:18am EST
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OMB to Congress: Sequestration impact 'real,' but furloughs not immediate

Obama administration officials are painting a bleak picture of how federal agencies would fare under sequestration, the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect in two weeks. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony from several Obama administration officials about the consequences of the cuts, which are set to take effect March 1. However, Danny Werfel, controller of the Office of Management and Budget, emphasized to the committee that employee furloughs would not be immediate.

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 05:50pm EST
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Sequestration, furloughs, federal pay raise, and more

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, and Federal Times reporter Stephen Losey will discuss sequestration and other issues affecting federal workers.
February 13, 2013

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 07:34pm EST
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White House issues cyber order, giving NIST, DHS lead roles

Senior administration officials say the Executive Order is not a replacement for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, but the start of a new conversation for how best to protect the nation's critical infrastructure. NIST released an RFI Tuesday as part of its effort to create a voluntary, flexible framework. And DHS will expand the number of companies the government shares classified and unclassified cyber threat information with through the Defense Industrial Base pilot.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 12:00am EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: 2014 IT budget passback is much ado about nothing

News and buzz from the last two weeks includes a new legislative proposal from Rep. Darrell Issa on suspension and debarment and round two of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Monday - 02/11/2013, 05:41pm EST

White House outlines deep cuts it may have to make

Ramping up pressure on Congress, White House details looming 'self-inflicted' spending cuts

Saturday - 02/09/2013, 01:42pm EST

OMB details widespread furloughs, cuts to agency programs under sequestration

OMB details hundreds of thousands of furloughs and cuts to nearly every agency program. Danny Werfel, OMB controller, said the effective percentage cut to each civilian agency would be about 9 percent and 13 percent for DoD over the next seven months.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 02:51pm EST
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More diversity likely in next Obama job selections

President Obama is said to be looking at diverse candidates for top slots at the departments of Commerce, Labor and Interior, and for his own White House budget office.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 07:09am EST

OMB offers first major rewrite of grant-making, oversight processes

New proposed guidance from the Office of Management and Budget would streamline and consolidate grant regulations for every agency. Comments on the recommendations are due May 2.

Monday - 02/04/2013, 07:17pm EST
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Obama seeks closed loopholes, 'smart' reductions

President Barack Obama says the U.S can reduce its budget deficit by closing tax loopholes and making "smart" reductions in spending.

Sunday - 02/03/2013, 04:47pm EST

OMB lays out 11 goals to give Section 508 some punch

Steven VanRoekel, the federal chief information officer, and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan issued a memo detailing a new strategic plan after a recent Justice Department compliance survey found mixed results. This is the fourth memo since 2005 from the Office of Management and Budget trying to get agencies to meet the law's requirements. David Capozzi, executive director of the Access Board, said new 508 regulations could be to OMB for approval this spring.

Thursday - 01/31/2013, 02:35pm EST

Q & A with OMB's Joe Jordan

Joe Jordan, administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at OMB, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss a wide range of procurement issues.
January 29, 2013

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 10:40pm EST
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VA moves mobile from concept to reality with veteran homelessness app

The Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development departments created a mobile app in two weeks to improve the process for counting homeless veterans. The successful development effort puts the notions detailed in the Digital Government Strategy into practice.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 07:07am EST
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VanRoekel dismisses need for IT reform, calls for more flexibility

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its first hearing on the steps needed to reform IT management across government. But federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said he has the authority needed to improve how agencies spend money on technology programs. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the committee's chairman, is developing legislation to update laws governing the management of IT.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 10:02am EST
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