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Patience running thin with White House open government efforts

The White House reaffirmed its commitment to an open and transparent government in President Barack Obama's second term. But government watchdog advocates say their frustration is growing with the slow and inconsistent progress agencies are making to make information more easily available.

Friday - 01/18/2013, 08:04am EST
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Path to FDCCI Compliance

Agencies hope to consolidate 1200 data centers by the end of 2015. Consolidating data centers is more than moving hardware. It's an opportunity to modernize, reduce space requirements, improve performance, and cut energy consumption. The Path to FDCCI Compliance panel discusses technical, financial and operational challenges/successes with executives from NOAA, USDA, ThunderCat Technology and NetApp!

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 03:49pm EST

Unions frustrated by slow-roll of some labor-management forums

At the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting, several employee representatives said the time has come for the committee to put more pressure on agencies to have more of the collaborative forums up and running well. During a time of budget reductions, possible furloughs and a government shutdown, the unions say the forums provide a way for agencies to better manage all of these fiscal challenges.

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:54am EST
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Agencies tackle cloud, mobile, big data convergence

OMB and NIST are seeking help from industry and academia on how to integrate cloud computing and the large amount of information that is created from mobile computing. The goal is not just to know what data agencies have, but the value the data brings. With all this focus on cloud and big data integration, could agencies be on the hook for a new "big data" strategy?

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 05:22am EST
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OMB tells agencies to 'intensify' sequestration planning

Agencies across government should intensify their planning for across-the-board sequestration cuts, according to a Jan. 14 memo to the heads of executive department and agencies from Jeff Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. The memo comes on the heels of similar guidance issued last week by the Defense Department. Meanwhile, the Navy warned of the threat of reduced funding from a short-term spending measure.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 08:04pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA FAS, shared services and DHS contract awards

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 06:50pm EST

Cloud is the next chapter in the government's identity management saga

The Postal Service issued a draft solicitation for the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange. The goal is to create a cloud-based service to perform identity authentication and verification. Agencies could plug into the service, integrating it with any application that adheres to the standards.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:14am EST
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Warner seeks to 'clean house' on outdated agency reports

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said he plans to introduce legislation allowing for the elimination or consolidation of outdated or redundant agency reports. Cutting back on unnecessary reporting requirements is part of the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 05:35pm EST
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OMB proposes to eliminate, consolidate 376 reports

The White House submitted a report to Congress as part of the GPRA Modernization Act that details hundreds of unnecessary reports and studies. The report listed 70 DoD reports as well as the desire to streamline the report on duplicate reports.

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 04:37pm EST

White House to mandate machine-readable open data

The guidance is two months late, but OMB is expected to issue it in early 2013. Todd Park, the federal CTO, said the White House also is updating the Data.gov platform and expanding the approach to healthcare data to other sectors.

Monday - 01/07/2013, 05:25am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 3, 2013

John Kamensky from the IBM Center for The Business of Government talks about two decades of a results-oriented federal performance management system. Allan Holmes of Bloomberg Government discusses the top technology issues facing the government in 2013. Jeffrey Neal of ICF International sheds light on OPM's new guide to executive development. Jacque Simon of AFGE discusses legislation that could freeze federal pay to the end of the year.

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 09:04am EST

Obama's 2nd inauguration to draw smaller crowds

Visitors coming to the nation's capital for President Barack Obama's second inauguration can't stay in the one place President Ronald Reagan's family once called an eight-star hotel. That spot is the White House, and it's booked for the next four years.

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 03:33am EST

Mass transit idea wins SAVE award

The government will save money on mass transit for federal employees thanks to this year's SAVE award winner. Frederick Winter's idea to switch eligible feds from a regular transit fare to a reduced senior fare will lower the cost of those employees' travel by 50 percent.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 09:07pm EST

OMB offers agencies sequestration guidance as deadline looms

The Obama administration offered agencies new guidance on sequestration, telling agency leaders and federal-employee unions that sequestration won't have an immediate impact on the federal workforce or government operations even if the automatic budget cuts go into effect Jan. 2.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 03:22pm EST

New FAR rule would permanently require prompt payments to small subs

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council's proposal would implement part of a July 2012 memo from the Office of Management and Budget. The memo directed agencies to take specific steps to ensure accelerated payments to small businesses.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 02:16pm EST

OMB delaying budget passback guidance, creating uncertainty

The White House typically gives agencies both funding and policy updates for the upcoming budget request by Thanksgiving. This year OMB decided to hold off on passback guidance because of the current fiscal negotiations with Congress. Several senior agency officials said this lag will compress the timeline to respond to the information and require them to prepare for something that may never happen.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 05:37am EST
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OMB names finalists, opens voting for SAVE Award

The four ideas received the most votes over the last four months out of more than 10,000 ideas. This is the fourth year OMB has held the SAVE Awards. The winner presents their idea to President Obama and gets it included in the 2014 budget request.

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 11:40am EST

OMB ratchets up accountability on high-priority goals

The administration updated Performance.gov with a variety of data to highlight progress against each agency's goals and the cross-agency goals. OMB's Shelley Metzenbaum said the depth of information now on the site puts pressure on agencies to meet or surpass their goals. Interior and Education provide examples of how the discipline that the high-priority goals demanded has positively impacted their agency.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 06:13am EST
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Highest ranked agencies distinguished by strong leadership

NASA, the Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation share a common trait that led them to the top ranking for their size class in the Partnership for Public Service's seventh annual Best Places to Work survey. Transportation, OMB and the National Credit Union Administration earn the most improved status by implementing the best practices of the leading agencies.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 05:42am EST
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GOP decries looming 'regulatory cliff' in new term

While the "fiscal cliff" of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a "regulatory cliff" that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 02:18pm EST
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