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OMB issued implementation guidance for the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act. Over the next few months, agencies and the White House will decide on two-to-eight priority goals. OMB also will develop interim governmentwide goals.
Agencies must sharpen their pencils to figure out what they can afford in 2012 and beyond. The Labor Department is asking program offices to rethink and redo budget proposals and plans. The Air Force will need to take more surgical cuts to find savings.
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel detailed in a memo what agencies must do to reduce the number of agency websites. He extended the freeze on new dot-gov domains through Dec. 31.
Agencies must submit 2013 budget requests that cut at least 5 percent in spending in discretionary spending compared with this year. Agencies must also submit a version of their 2013 budgets that shows options for cutting an additional 5 percent, or a total of 10 percent, below discretionary spending for this year.
Yvonne Mattocks, the production manager and coordinator of a new health program offered to federal agencies, joined the Federal Drive to discuss why healthier employees are happier.
Customs and Border Protection will send investigators to field offices run by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general. The probes will focus on alleged corruption at U.S. borders.
The Defense Intelligence Agency wants the "revolving door" between government and industry to swing both ways, making it easier for employees to return to the agency after they've left. DIA Deputy Director David Shedd said a new entry-exit program is just getting off the ground to meet the changing needs of its newer — and younger — workforce. This story is part of Federal News Radio's ongoing coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, "9/11: A Government Changed."
The Pentagon will issue a strategic management plan by the end of August highlighting the services and agencies' plans and milestones to cut costs from back-office functions. DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer Beth McGrath said there are seven main areas DoD will review, including IT infrastructure, acquisition and the workforce. McGrath already is conducting reviews of the first set of efficiency initiatives that began this year.
The Department of Veterans Affairs named 12 finalists in an employee contest to find ways to improve the agency's career training and counseling services.
Patricia Niehaus, national president of the Federal Managers Association, shared her experience in government in keeping the information flowing from D.C. to the field and back.
Jeff Neal is the former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.
Scott Spreier is from Hay Group's leadership and talent practice, and he's been looking at the agencies that are the most innovative.
George Buck is the Pittsburgh FEB executive director.
The 28 Federal Executive Boards across the country play an integral role in bringing agencies together and ensuring communication to and from Washington. The organizations coordinate agencies' efforts and provide input during policy development. FEBs play a key role during emergencies by acting as the conduit of information.
A new memo from OMB Director Jacob Lew puts agency technology managers in charge of commodity IT purchasing. The White House had hoped to get Congress to change the CIO's authority, but decided to do it by policy instead. OMB also details other changes to the CIO's role based on the 25-point IT reform plan.
Field office employees and headquarters staff work closely together to ensure changes meet the agency's mission. Two-way communication makes policy implementations more likely to succeed, EPA employees say. But these employees also say headquarters' staff needs to do more to understand their challenges, and field workers need to spend some time in Washington.
The Government Accountability Office says a State Department program designed to help its managers mitigate IT risks fails to provide a complete view of those risks.
Steve Kelman is a professor of public management at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the former administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
Diane Cochran has worked in the Departments of the Navy, Air Force, Energy, and the Office of Personnel Management, at a variety of locations in the continental United States and abroad. She shares what it's like to make the transition to working and living in D.C.