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DHS wants to ride commercial wave for interoperable radio network

After a decade of unsuccessful attempts, including the Justice Department's Integrated Wireless Network, the Homeland Security Department wants to leap forward with technology by using commercial 4G networks to connect law enforcement agencies. DHS created a joint program office to lead the effort. The approach is part of OMB's shared services initiative for agencies to work together on big programs.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:40am EST
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OMB reports contract spending stayed flat in 2011

A new report shows agencies already cut the use of management-support contracts by 7 percent in 2011. OMB details four focus areas to continue to reduce spending on contracts for 2012.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:32pm EST

Van Dyck joins OMB to work on mobile, .gov reform efforts

Van Dyck comes to the E-Government and IT office to work as a policy analyst after working at the FCC and most recently USAID.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 04:54pm EST

White House unveils new trade initiatives, website as first steps in agency overhaul

Just days after President Barack Obama officially asked Congress for the authority to consolidate federal agencies, the administration has announced interim steps it will take to promote business and trade. They include the launch of a website focused on making it easier for businesses particularly small ones to work with the government.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 04:05pm EST

Obama formally seeks agency-consolidation authority

President Barack Obama has officially asked lawmakers for the authority to consolidate and reorganize federal agencies as part of a first-step in merging several agencies related to business and trade. If Congress approves the legislation, Obama has said his first step would be to merge several business- and trade-related agencies into a single Cabinet-level department.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 04:47pm EST

Werfel shares State of the Union for Financial Management

Danny Werfel, controller at the Office of Management and Budget, spoke to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin from the Association of Government Accountants National Leadership conference, where he'll deliver a report on federal finance.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 01:11pm EST
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GOP critics hit Obama's $3.8 trillion budget

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress Tuesday that the president's new $3.8 trillion spending plan would impose new taxes on only 2 percent of the nation's wealthiest families and the alternative would be to seek more painful cuts in other government programs such as defense, Social Security and Medicare.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 10:40pm EST

White House threatens veto of GOP's highway bill

After years of procrastination, the White House and Congress have suddenly boosted a long-term plan to improve the nation's roads, bridges and transit systems to the top of the political agenda.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 08:25pm EST

Tightening budgets renew OMB's push for IT project oversight

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said he will send SWAT teams to fix problematic technology projects. OMB also will ramp up monthly TechStat sessions. The governmentwide IT budget request drops almost $600 million.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 05:47am EST
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White House doesn't support sequestration, sees it as forcing function

The 2013 budget request reduces half of the agency's discretionary spending. All agencies could face deeper cuts if Congress and the administration don't agree on a plan for deficit reduction in the next 11 months.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 05:34am EST
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Obama promotes job training at community college

President Barack Obama called on Congress Monday to create an $8 billion fund to train community college students for high-growth industries, giving a financial incentive to schools whose graduates are getting jobs.

Monday - 02/13/2012, 05:59pm EST

President's 2013 budget focuses on federal performance, cuts to waste

The President's fiscal 2013 budget requests calls on agencies to "redouble" efforts to cut wasteful spending through government reorganization and cuts to improper payments.

Monday - 02/13/2012, 02:20pm EST

Feds should expect more of the same in 2013 budget, expert says

Steve Bell, senior director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Economic Policy Project, says while the President's proposed budget includes some interesting details for feds, none of them are likely to become law.

Monday - 02/13/2012, 09:51am EST
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Lower requests likely in President's FY2013 budget

If the requested budgets of several agencies are any indication, federal agencies are expecting less funds in anticipation of the President's fiscal 2013 budget request, to be released Monday.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 02:40pm EST

GSA office working on data-sharing tool

The General Service's Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy is developing a new tool to make information sharing more efficient. Kathleen Turco, OGP's associate administrator, said the project is about half way to completion.

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 09:42pm EST
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OMB hangs hopes on new tools to cut $50B in improper payments

The Treasury Department and Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board are preparing to expand the use of new software and analytical applications this year. OMB Controller Danny Werfel said agency progress is coming along, but needs help from Congress to make it easier to share information among agencies.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 10:03am EST
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An expert view of federal procurement policy

George Washington University Law School professor Steve Schooner joins host Roger Waldron to talk about the top procurement issues.
February 7, 2012(Encore presentation February 14, 2012)

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 07:46pm EST
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House approves 'civilian BRAC' bill

The House has passed a bill that would set up a commission to help decide which unused buildings the government can dispose of.

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 04:06pm EST

Senators ask OMB to intervene in retirement backlog

A new letter, signed by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls on the Office of Management and Budget to take on the "urgent matter" of processing federal retirements. The letter comes a week after a Senate subcommittee hearing in which the Office of Personnel Management was taken to task for its handling of the longstanding backlog.

Monday - 02/06/2012, 07:06pm EST

Obama to nominate former SBA official Jordan to head OFPP

President Barack Obama announced Friday his plans to nominate Joseph Jordan, a former Small Business Administration official, to head the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Friday - 02/03/2012, 09:22pm EST
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