bnv.fnr.news/agencies;ombnews=main;tile=1;pos=top;sz=728x90,970x90;ord=
8:06 pm, September 19, 2014

OMB News

White House cyber czar Howard Schmidt to retire

Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is stepping down after 2-1/2 years, an NSC spokeswoman confirms.

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 09:37am EDT

End urged to terror suspects' indefinite detention

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is challenging a new law that allows the indefinite detention without trial of suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the United States.

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 06:46pm EDT

CIO Council prepares new talent pool for IT hiring

The Chief Information Officers Council soon will allow agencies to hire technology fellows under a new initiative to help the government compete with the private sector for IT talent. The Technology Fellows Program, part of the 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management, will give agencies fast-track hiring authority.

Monday - 05/14/2012, 02:50pm EDT
Listen

OMB to agencies: Cut travel, conference spending

The Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance Friday, directing federal agencies to cut travel spending by 30 percent starting in October and prohibiting more than $500,000 to be spent on conferences. Acting OMB Director Jeffrey Zients called the latest move "another important step forward" in cutting inefficient federal spending.

Friday - 05/11/2012, 09:25pm EDT

Analysis: In sequester, managers should start planning for workforce reductions

Budget analyst Steve Bell says there is "no chance" Congress will be able to pass a plan to avoid sequestration the automatic, across-the-board cuts that would go into effect Jan. 2, 2013, as part of last summer's deficit deal.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 10:26am EDT
Listen

Agencies getting tools to 'innovate with less'

The Shared Services Strategy is the latest way agencies can reduce spending on infrastructure technology and spend more on mission-critical IT. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said PortfolioStat is the lynchpin to the entire process for agencies. He held the first meeting with agencies leaders to discuss expectations.

Friday - 05/04/2012, 05:18am EDT

OMB gives agencies four months to figure out shared services

The new strategy details several requirements for agencies to meet by Aug. 31. The goal is to reduce the amount of money agencies spend on commodity IT and have them spend it on innovations.

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 05:49am EDT
Listen

Do Not Pay tool makes agencies 'smarter' about payments

Danny Werfel, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, told In Depth with Francis Rose the newly launched Do Not Pay tool makes agencies smarter about making payments.

Friday - 04/27/2012, 10:40pm EDT
Listen

OMB: No contingency plans yet for sequestration

A top official at the Office of Management and Budget said it's "premature" to begin planning for the automatic, across-the-board cuts that will go into effect Jan. 2, 2013, if Congress cannot reach a deal to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 02:19pm EDT

Performance improvement has 'turned the corner' in government

Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies are doing a better job in setting outcome-based goals and using data to measure their progress. OPM is finalizing guidance and training to use the competence models for performance improvement positions. Treasury and DHS are setting their own path to using data to meet their mission goals.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:55am EDT
Listen

OMB says VA should be exempt from sequestration cuts

The Veterans Affairs Department should be exempt from the automatic across-the-board cuts or sequestration laid out in last summer's Budget Control Act, according to an April 23 letter from the Office of Management and Budget.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 09:45am EDT

Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don't expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:10am EDT

White House unveils new tool to stop improper payments

The White House launched a new "Do Not Pay" tool on Thursday to prevent improper payments to individuals and companies. Agency heads must submit plans to adopt the tool by June 30.

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 04:23pm EDT

Budget Control Act unclear about how to make DoD sequestration cuts

BCA does not specify how those cuts would be implemented. One interpretation is every program is cut by the same amount, which would be by about 13 percent. The other interpretation of the act is the overall spending would have to be reduced by 13 percent and the Pentagon could pick and choose the programs to cut, said Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst for Bloomberg Government.

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 09:59am EDT
Listen

OSTP helping agencies take open gov to '2.0 level'

Chris Vein, the deputy chief technology officer for government innovation at OSTP, gives an update on how agencies have done in the past few years in carrying out their open government and transparency plans.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 09:54am EDT
Listen

White House touts success of agency 'challenges'

Increasingly, agencies are using a tool at their disposal. Instead of issuing RFP's, they're issuing challenges. And according to a new report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, agencies that have jumped on the challenge bandwagon have begun to "reap the rewards of well-designed prizes integrated into a broader innovation strategy."

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 06:18pm EDT

Cutting, investing aren't mutually exclusive, federal CIO says

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to cut spending and invest in new capabilities at the same time. Savings from outdated or inefficient IT projects can be plowed into new innovations, he said.

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:26am EDT
Listen

OMB launches PortfolioStat to reduce commodity IT spending

Agencies have to meet a series of milestones starting in June to eventually migrate two commodity IT functions to shared services or strategic sourcing contracts. VA, GSA, Interior and Patent and Trademark Office have tested the concept of managing by portfolios as well as vendor management organizations.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:22am EDT
Listen

Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
Listen

House Oversight FISMA bill envisions beefed-up OMB role

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unveiled a bill to overhaul a decade-old law detailing how federal agencies protect their computer networks from cybersecurity threats. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee, told Federal News Radio the Office of Management and Budget is better poised to be a "fair arbitrator" than the Homeland Security Department.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 08:43pm EDT
Listen
  •  
  • 19
  •