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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bill will propose combining Energy, EPA into one agency

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is introducing legislation this week to consolidate the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency into a single agency.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 12:57pm EDT

Lieberman puts reorg authority on 'bucket list'

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has sponsored legislation to revive the fast-track authority requested by President Barack Obama. Other senators, however, want more details before signing off on the plan that, in part, would allow the President to merge overlapping business- and trade-related agencies.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:11pm EDT

Analysis: Concept of mobile worker not new, but changing technology is

Two former administrators in the Office of E-Government & Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget, Karen Evans and Mark Forman, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the mobile push in government, especially as OMB has recently broadened the focus.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 09:19pm EDT
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House passes bill to streamline process for disposing of excess federal property

The House unanimously voted Tuesday to create a new process for disposing of the federal government's 14,000 excess properties, beginning with a pilot program to sell off more than a dozen of the most profitable facilities. Under the law, agencies would be able to keep a portion of the proceeds from the sale of real property. The bill would also create a comprehensive database compiling a list of all of the federal government's real property.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 07:50pm EDT

OMB tells agencies to measure cumulative effects of regs

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs administrator Cass Sunstein sent two memos to agencies telling them to take specific steps to improve and reduce duplication in new and existing rules.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:33pm EDT
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