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OMB increasing the tempo of strategic sourcing

A new memo from acting OMB Director Jeff Zients to agency leaders codifies an interagency council to oversee the promotion and implementation of bulk buying. Each agency also must name a senior official to oversee their efforts.

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 01:34pm EST

White House threatens to veto Senate Defense bill

The White House is threatening to veto the $631 billion annual Defense bill the Senate is debating this week unless Congress makes changes. The administration took issue with a number of provisions included in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill, which Senate leaders hope to vote on by the end of the week.

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 05:49pm EST

Werfel: Gov't avoids $47B in overpayments

OMB Controller Danny Werfel announced Wednesday the federal government avoided paying out $47 billion in overpayments over the last three years. This missed President Barack Obama's goal of reducing improper payments by $50 billion by the end of FY2012.

Friday - 11/23/2012, 10:12am EST

Cyber experts envision updates for OMB's cyber rules

A group of former federal cybersecurity experts and professionals have made recommendations for improving federal cybersecurity guidance, such as the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-130.

Monday - 11/19/2012, 03:04pm EST
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Report: White House could blunt impact of sequestration - at least for a while

A new report from independent watchdog group OMB Watch suggests the White House has a few tools at its disposal to blunt the impact of the automatic, across-the-board cuts. The strategies include shifting funds around within agencies and the Office of Management and Budget and agencies, themselves, shifting funds and controlling the rate of federal spending, said Patrick Lester, the director of federal fiscal policy for OMB Watch.

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 04:19pm EST
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Who will stay and who will go in Obama's second term?

President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second term in office, but some members of his Cabinet are on their way out, experts tell Federal News Radio. The legwork for these top- tier changes and others is already in motion behind-the-scenes.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 03:50pm EST
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Agencies initiate IT cut-and-invest strategy

Agencies have identified 98 opportunities where they can save real money by consolidating IT systems or by implementing better buying processes. In an exclusive interview, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said most fall in the commodity IT areas of email, servers and other areas where agencies tend to spend a lot of money for IT.

Monday - 10/29/2012, 05:47am EDT
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House Republicans blast OIRA over late regulations report

The chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees have written to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) demanding to know why the public release of a report on upcoming federal regulations is behind schedule. In a letter to the agency, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairmen of the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees, respectively, say OIRA has not been forthcoming about the expected publication date of a report that should have been released months ago.

Friday - 10/26/2012, 01:30pm EDT

Agencies to cut billions in commodity IT spending

The Office of Management and Budget said the PortfolioStat tool helped agencies find duplicative technology costs and opportunities to buy in bulk. Acting OMB Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post agencies listed 98 opportunities for savings.

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 06:43am EDT

Cyber progress fueled by agency brass recognition

Six years after the Veterans Affairs data breach, civilian agency networks and computers are more secure. Current and former federal officials and cyber experts say from secretaries on down, the threat of a cyber attack and the impact on mission is well understood.

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 03:32am EDT
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Rewrite of cyber circular aims to 'break some china'

A group of experts released a white paper recommending changes to OMB Circular A-130. The suggestions center on continuous monitoring, the role of DHS in overseeing FISMA and the definitions of a major IT system and a national security system.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 03:55pm EDT
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Top 10 cyber accomplishments since 2006

Federal News Radio polled current and former federal cybersecurity experts for their opinions on what were the most significant cybersecurity accomplishments since 2006 to secure federal networks and improve public- private partnerships. The accomplishments are in no particular order.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 01:22pm EDT

OMB to give CIOs IT hunting license through broadening of authorities

The administration wants chief information officers to take more control over spending on technology, especially in those areas in the "shadows." OMB acting Director Jeff Zients said the Interior Department's approach to giving its CIO control over almost all spending is a model for the rest of the government. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel to release a report on expected savings from PortfolioStat in the coming months.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 05:23am EDT
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CFOs remain tepid on financial shared services

An exclusive Federal News Radio survey of federal CFOs and deputy CFOs finds 55 percent of the respondents rated spending money more wisely as their top priority. But at the same time, 36 percent rated moving to the Internet Payment Portal or other financial management shared services as their fourth highest priority. CFOs also say they are using data to make better decisions and budget reductions, not sequestration, is their biggest concern.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 10:14am EDT
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Industry seeks tweaks to DoD Better Buying Power

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is promising a Better Buying Power 2.0, an revision to earlier reforms. That's good news to many in the defense industry, who hope the changes provide more nuanced guidance as opposed to strict blanket policies to agency contracting officers. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, In Depth with Francis Rosethe time is ripe for an update.

Friday - 10/05/2012, 04:03pm EDT

OMB reemphasizes move to continuous monitoring in FISMA guidance

The annual reporting memo gives agencies 57 questions and answers as they prepare their 2012 cybersecurity report.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 03:48pm EDT

Obama, Romney define role of government during presidential debate

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney contrasted their approaches in how they would reduce the federal deficit and how they defined what the role of the federal government is during a nationally televised debate Wednesday night.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 08:17am EDT

New FOIA portal promotes transparency, eases agency interactions

The Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the Commerce Department and National Archives to launch a new online portal aimed at streamlining the Freedom of Information Act request process for both the public and federal agencies.

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 06:15am EDT
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Agencies could be liable for certain costs under sequestration

Agencies will be liable for many of the costs coming from the termination of contracts, including legal fees and employee compensation costs, if sequestration happens Jan. 2, 2013 and if vendors do not issue layoff notices this fall.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 06:41pm EDT

Agencies likely to miss network upgrade deadline

OMB sent a Sept. 30 target date for departments to implement IPv6. NIST statistics show a majority of the government's networks will not change over from the older IPv4 in the next week.

Friday - 09/21/2012, 05:31pm EDT
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