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OMB News

Where is the Digital Government Strategy on the Journey to the Cloud?

June 8th, 2012

OMB just released the Digital Government Strategy, calling upon Federal Agencies to identify and deploy innovative solutions to deliver high quality services to citizens and an increasingly mobile workforce - and to do so with significantly improved efficiency. To accomplish this goal, Federal organizations will need to further eliminate silos, establish a common platform for accessing and managing data and leverage device agnostic/mobile enabled applications. Interested in learning more?

Monday - 06/11/2012, 12:35pm EDT
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NWS could furlough 5,000 employees to cover budget shortfall

The National Weather Service says it must furlough as many as 5,000 employees for 13 days by Sept. 30, unless Congress allows the agency to move around funds within its budget.

Friday - 06/08/2012, 09:45am EDT

VanRoekel says IT reform plan 'shocked' system into change

OMB highlights successes of 25-point strategy on its 18-month anniversary. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies saved $100 million from moving email to the cloud. There now are more than 1,000 qualified program managers in the new job series. The IT reform plan helps institute culture change from CIOs on down.
June 7, 2012(Encore presentation July 5, 2012)

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:27am EDT
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Prince William becomes search and rescue captain

Royal officials say Prince William has qualified as an operational search and rescue captain in the Royal Air Force.

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 07:11am EDT

September Defense spending spree takes on new urgency

The Office of Management and Budget estimates that $83.5 billion in previous years' Department of Defense funds will remain unobligated on Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2012, reports Kevin Brancato and Robert Levinson of Bloomberg Government.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 09:08am EDT
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OMB directs agencies to use evidence-based budgeting

The White House wants to take a more evidence- based approach to budgeting. That means agencies will have to show a return on the investment on their programs, with more successful programs being more likely to receive funding.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 01:41pm EDT
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OMB alumni to suggest revisions to cyber section of A-130

The group will create a white paper with recommendations this summer to modernize the 10-year-old policy. Among the areas they are looking at are continuous monitoring, cloud computing, shared services and the definition of a system. Updating A-130 will help agencies move from a 'checklist' mode to monitoring systems in real time for threats and vulnerabilities, said Frank Reeder, a former OMB official.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:43am EDT
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Kostin: New innovation center product of digital evolution

In an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, Gwynne Kostin, who heads the new Digital Services Innovation Center, said the goals will require each agency to "get their feet wet in this space" and show progress in making services available through the web and consolidating websites.

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 03:37pm EDT
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Agency CIOs coveted new Digital, Shared Services strategies

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said the new documents met three of five action items that agency technology managers developed last winter. OMB received buy-in not only from CIOs, but CFOs, CAOs and CHCOs before finalizing the plans.

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:48am EDT
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OMB unveils ambitious digital, mobile strategy

The administration will release its Digital Management Strategy today that details 29 goals with deadlines over the next 12 months. OMB wants to set up a FedRAMP-like process for mobile, open a new Digital Innovation Center run by GSA and require the use of APIs.

Wednesday - 05/23/2012, 11:29am EDT
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IRS closes facilities in broad real-estate consolidation plan

In a broad move to wring more savings from real estate costs, the IRS announced it will close 43 small offices over the next two years and reduce space at many other larger facilities.IRS also plans to consolidate multiple offices "within the same commuting area" and will increase the use of desk-sharing and telework to save space at other offices.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 06:26pm EDT

OMB directs agencies to cut 5 percent from 2014 budgets

In two memoranda released late Friday, the Office of Management and Budget told agency heads they must cut 5 percent from their 2014 budgets and use evidence-based evaluations.

Monday - 05/21/2012, 04:59pm EDT

OMB begins to clarify industry's role in shared services

Agencies face a series of deadlines starting at the end of May to map out their plan to consolidate commodity IT. Vendors will, many times, be the suppliers of the shared service, said Scott Bernard, OMB's chief architect. OMB wants agencies to use the shared services strategy as a guide and the PortfolioStat sessions as the tool to figure out where opportunities exist.

Friday - 05/18/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Analysis: Schmidt tenure as cyber czar a mixed bag

During his tenure, Schmidt oversaw new, large-scale cyber initiatives, but kept a relatively low profile. Experts debate his mixed legacy calling it a solid effort with a shortened leash.

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 09:40pm EDT
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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
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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
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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
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