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5:27 am, January 27, 2015

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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration has been trying to measure and benchmark the costs and best practices of back-office functions that all agencies do. The Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration say it's the first step toward long-term and meaningful improvements in efficiency and effectiveness. Their efforts are starting to impress even skeptical agency managers. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how some agencies are doing an about face when it comes to understanding the value of this benchmarking initiative.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:44am EST
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OMB, GSA winning over those skeptical of measuring back-office functions

The administration is establishing cost and quality benchmarks for administrative operations, such as human resources, finance, acquisition, and IT. After initial doubts, agencies see benefits from understanding how much they are paying for specific functions and how much others are paying for comparable jobs.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:51am EST
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Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration has set aside 1.5 percent of its personnel budget for training and reinvestment in skills for the next fiscal year. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the focus will be on customer relations and evolving with technology. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller caught up with Tangherlini at the National Contract Management Association's annual government symposium. Tangherlini described his relationship with the Office of Management and Budget's Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert and some of the things they're working on together on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:27am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget recently released an update to Circular A-123, a guide for agencies on managing risk at an enterprise level. A new report from the Association of Government Accountants examined the revision. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about why A-123 is a big deal in government accounting circles.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:52pm EST
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GAO: OMB program inventory needs work to detect duplicative programs

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Office of Management and Budget revise its guidance to agencies in order to collect better data for its governmentwide program inventory, which is meant to cut down on overlaps in program services.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 11:45am EST
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The beginning of a HSPD-12 rewrite?

Rumors have been circulating over the last few months about a possible reconsideration of the identity management technologies agencies are implementing under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12).

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:45am EST

Cobert: Technology, innovation key to OMB's management agenda

Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, told an audience of federal executives that agencies need to take advantage of technology and data to drive innovation in government.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget

Cross agency priorities get much of the focus so far in the President's Management Agenda for the rest of President Barack Obama's second term. But the PMA officially has four major components. Beth Cobert, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, laid out the four components in a keynote speech at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia last night. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why she'll push hard on the agenda for the rest of the administration.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Greg Wallig, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

The Office of Management and Budget has given agencies new directions for tracking, reporting and overseeing improper payments. It comes in the form of an update of Appendix C to Circular A-123. Greg Wallig, managing director of Grant Thornton, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the changes.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:36pm EDT
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OMB details new, expanded approach to fighting improper payments

A new memo and guidance from OMB makes four significant changes to Appendix C of Circular A-123.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 09:18am EDT

OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

OMB to require agencies to measure risk at the enterprise level

The Office of Management and Budget to release a memo or guidance in the second quarter of 2015 to set governmentwide expectations for how agencies will manage risk. Controller David Mader said lessons from implementing Circulars A-123 and A-11 could be expanded into agency mission areas.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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Schneider leaves a legacy of change at DIA

Grant Schneider was the chief information officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency for seven years before leaving for a two-year detail at OMB earlier this month. Schneider said DIA relies less on contractors and is knee deep in shared services.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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OMB sets metrics for email, grants management

Over the last two weeks, the Office of Management and Budget gave agencies new guidance around managing email and improving the administrative management of federal financial assistance. Neither memo is earth shattering, but they do give agencies specific goals and deadlines. This story is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:19am EDT

Shared services governance under development

Treasury and OMB are trying to set some baseline expectations for financial management shared services as the initiative ramps up. This story is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:15am EDT

CIOs on the move at DIA, ICE, and RAT Board

The Office of Management and Budget's Office of E-Government and IT is getting a much-appreciated shot in the arm of people and brain power after the recent exodus of several long-time executives and policy folks. Grant Schneider, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief information officer, will be joining the office on a two-year detail to work on cybersecurity issues. CIOs at other agencies are on the move as well, Jason Miller reports in his Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:05am EDT

OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT

Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight

OMB and Treasury are creating a roadmap on how to move forward with DATA Act implementation over the next 12 to 36 months. Meanwhile, congressional and executive branch auditors are part of the oversight process from the beginning.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:03am EDT
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