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2:14 am, May 25, 2015

OMB News

CFOs not giving up budget authority to CIOs without a fight

Several sources said OMB is getting pushback on its draft guidance from several CFOs who don't want to cede budgetary authority to CIOs.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:28am EDT

Gwyn: Private sector doesn't buy enterprise IT like government

Data center consolidation is delivering more cost savings than the White House expected. The Government Accountability Office says by the end of fiscal year 2015, agencies will save $3.3 billion. That's $300 million beyond what the Office of Management and Budget expected. Dave Gwyn is the vice president of federal for Nutanix. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing out on a key detail that can drive up cost savings even more.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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OMB plays data matchmaker to combat rise in improper payments

David Mader, OMB controller, said the administration will target specific agencies with new technology to access more data to combat this long-standing challenge. GAO reported Feb. 26 that the governmentwide improper payment rate was 4.02 percent, meaning agencies misspent almost $125 billion in 2014.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:41am EDT
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David Mader, Controller, Office of Management and Budget

David Mader came back for a second tour of duty in government to work on some of the most pressing federal financial management issues. As the Office of Management and Budget's Controller, his priorities span more than just money, but also technology and acquisition. In his first broadcast interview since returning to government last year, Mader joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and told executive editor Jason Miller about his vision for finally getting one money-saving effort right federal shared services.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:35am EST
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OMB's Dave Mader: A 'zealot' for shared services

The controller in the Office of Management and Budget says the next two years are critical for financial management shared services. Mader said along with Treasury, OMB will be determining how best to get agencies to move to one of four federal providers.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 06:39pm EST
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John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Your agency shouldn't be reinventing the wheel to follow the Government Performance and Results Act. The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to use performance review measures already in place to find the results-based answers it needs. John Kamensky is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government and former assistant director at the Government Accountability Office. He offered advice on how to tweak what your agency already does to meet the GPRA law.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:30pm EST
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OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST

How to unleash the full potential of GSA's Federal Supply Schedules

The full potential of the FSS program remains untapped, says Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. In a new commentary, he offers two key contracting reforms he believes will bring the program into the 21st century.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:24am EST

Will new Federal CIO Tony Scott make feds eat dog food?

Federal News Radio's Tom Temin asks if 'dogfooding' can help federal IT.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 02:32am EST

From scandal's aftermath to 18F, Tangherlini reflects on tenure at GSA

When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:10pm EST
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OMB pushing agencies to use single system for online transactions

The Office of Management and Budget is circulating a draft memo to CFOs to all-but-mandate the use of the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) run by the Treasury Department. Sources say agencies would have to justify to OMB why they wouldn't use the IPP. It's part of the administration's effort to push agencies toward more financial management shared services.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:06am EST

OMB warns of consequences if sequestration returns in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget tells Congress if it doesn't fix sequestration, discretionary spending across the government would drop by more than $90 billion.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 01:20pm EST

FITARA implementation listening tour

The Office of Management and Budget is getting kudos for its initial steps to implement the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA).

Monday - 02/16/2015, 05:11am EST

OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:46am EST
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Grant Schneider, Federal Cybersecurity Advisor, OMB

Agencies should expect a cybersecurity revival of sorts from the Office of Management and Budget this year. OMB is reasserting its cyber oversight role with a new group of experts. Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about what agencies should expect from his agency in the coming months.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Norm Lorentz, Former Chief Technology Officer, OMB

The nation's third federal chief information officer will inherit an agenda that builds off his predecessors. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, says incoming CIO Tony Scott will start working on legacy projects, like the administration's Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Norm Lorentz is former director of the global public sector practice at Grant Thornton, and the first chief technology officer of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he took an inside look at Tony Scott and the work that's ahead for him.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:19pm EST
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OMB unties a few of the travel, conference spending knots

A CFO Alert tells agencies the White House would listen to proposals to spend more money on travel and conferences in 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:49pm EST

White House names VMWare's Tony Scott as federal CIO

Tony Scott comes to government after spending his 35-year career in the private sector.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:21pm EST

Chenok: Agencies share 'common metrics' for cross-agency goals

The recent surge of cross-agency goals under the Obama Administration is leading to a new way to pay for them. The White House budget plan for 2016 asks Congress to let the Office of Management and Budget transfer money to help agencies with governmentwide goals. Dan Chenok is executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how ideas like these will ever come to pass if they're in a White House budget plan.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:58pm EST
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OMB seeks approval for agencies to ante up $15M for cross-agency goals

The White House proposed in its 2016 budget request to Congress that lawmakers approve the interagency transfer of money to pay for long-term progress against the 17 cross-agency objectives.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:53am EST
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