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12:46 pm, December 19, 2014

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White House: Obama to add Julian Castro to Cabinet

President Barack Obama will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will tap Shaun Donovan, his current housing chief, to run the budget office, a White House official said Thursday.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 02:20am EDT

Insider threat programs must find the right 'trust but verify' balance

NSA, State and nearly every other agency are developing "fixes" to protect unauthorized employees from taking data. Experts say employees need to understand why the rules are in place and how they benefit both the organization and worker. OMB says one way to improve the situation is by reducing the number of federal employees with security clearances-an initiative that already is underway.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:56am EDT
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HR leaders, CHCOs demand that Congress let them 'Make the Cuts'

The Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton LLP release the report "Embracing Change," in which interviewers questioned 62 federal CHCOs and HR leaders on the challenges facing the federal workplace and their proposed resolutions.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:59pm EDT

White House threatens veto of defense bill

The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of a $601 billion defense bill over election-year moves to spare weapons systems and popular programs in the face of limited budgets.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 06:58pm EDT

Obama considering new housing and budget leaders

Obama shuffling Cabinet, with Donovan in line for budget job, Castro considered for housing

Monday - 05/19/2014, 10:06am EDT

Feds fast-tracking new system for keeping tabs on cleared personnel

In Part 4 of the special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines the government's plan to use new technology to keep better tabs on cleared personnel on a near, real-time basis. But some experts wonder whether such a plan could be implemented successfully in the swift timelines sought by the government.

Sunday - 05/18/2014, 08:44am EDT
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GSA's Rung takes first step toward OFPP administrator role

Anne Rung, the associate administrator of the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, is heading to the Office of Management and Budget by the end of May to be a senior adviser.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:18pm EDT

Karen Evans, Former e-Government and IT Administrator, OMB

The Office of Management and Budget has released its budget guidance for 2016. It sets up a complicated regime so managers tie program performance to their budget requests. For advice on how managers can get started, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Karen Evans, former e-Government and IT administrator at OMB.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
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OMB kicks off reforms with Smarter IT Delivery Agenda

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel details three focus areas to improve how agencies buy technology. He says agencies must have the best people, the best contractors and well-designed processes to ensure success in meeting customer and citizen needs.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Treasury begins shared services quest to educate, integrate

The Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation issued two RFIs in the last few weeks. One announced an industry day for May 21, and the other is looking for ideas to improve how the government manages and integrates data from different systems.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Data to drive 2016 discretionary budget decisions

The Office of Management and Budget told agencies in its annual budget guidance to propose a 2 percent reduction in discretionary spending levels and an increase for a specific, prioritized set of programs that are working well. OMB's Lisa Danzig said agencies should use the data from their strategic reviews to help make these decisions.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 04:02pm EDT

Relmond Van Daniker, Executive Director, Association of Government Accountants

The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department are designating four shared-service providers for financial management. They will provide core accounting and other services to federal agencies. Relmond Van Daniker, executive director of the Association of Government Accountants, met Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Government Performance Summit to discuss the announcement.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:23am EDT
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USDA joins the ranks of the financial shared services providers

The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department Friday announced they recertified the departments of Interior, Treasury and Transportation and added USDA to be the support pylons of its financial management shared services initiative. GSA is no longer an approved provider, and it's unclear where its 44 customers will migrate to next.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:59am EDT

Obama to nominate long-time former fed to be OMB controller

David Mader would come back to government after spending most of the last 11 years at Booz Allen Hamilton. Mader spent 32 years working for the IRS before retiring in 2003. The President also plans to nominate new senior officials at Education, VA and the Army.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 04:31am EDT

Senator wants next OMB director to be familiar with federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the chairman of a key congressional panel with oversight of the federal workforce says he wants President Barack Obama's pick for White House budget director to "possess a background in federal workforce and governmental oversight issues." Earlier this month, Obama nominated the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Burwell, to take over for Kathleen Sebelius as the head of the Health and Human Services Department.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 04:16pm EDT

OMB: Plan for implementing security-clearance fixes coming soon

In the coming months, the federal government will release a detailed plan for implementing more than a dozen recommendations to improve the security clearance process, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert. The government's recommendations, which were included in an interagency report published by OMB last month, call for "continuous evaluation" of clearance holders and strengthened oversight of the background-investigation process.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:45am EDT
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Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management, OMB

Beth Cobert, the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management, spoke at a Professional Services Council luncheon this afternoon. Among her top priorities is rolling out the President's second-term management agenda. Cobert says the new plan targets the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs. She shares a preview of her long to-do list with In Depth with Francis Rose

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:11pm EDT
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New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

A new face for 'Obamacare' _ but same problems persist of making it work, dealing with GOP

Saturday - 04/12/2014, 03:56am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB not a farm team, Strategic sourcing on steroids

In this week's Reporter's Notebook column, Executive Editor Jason Miller ponders Sylvia Burwell's jump from OMB to HHS and GSA's pumped up approach to buying.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:50pm EDT

Shelley Metzenbaum, President, Volcker Alliance

The Obama Administration has tried to infuse a love of data and evidence into the federal bureaucracy with mixed success. It's also pledged to give agencies more flexibility in hiring to bring people with fresh ideas into the government. For perspective on the management agenda, Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Shelly Metzenbaum, who served as Office of Management and Budget assistant director for performance. She now is president of the Volcker Alliance. Metzenbaum recently testified on Capitol Hill about the problems she sees in federal management and performance.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:18am EDT
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