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Feasibility of DATA Act questioned even as Senate committee OKs it

Some agency leaders who would be charged with implementing the bill are unsure the DATA Act can be brought to life successfully. Officials said the government can improve how it makes data accessible and publishes procurement and other spending information. But the DATA Act may be asking for things that aren't pragmatically possible.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 06:21am EST

OMB, OPM tell agencies to take different approach on employee bonuses

The Obama administration trying a different tack on federal-employee bonuses and awards in fiscal 2014. A new directive from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management continues clear-cut spending caps on employee awards but won't outright ban them -- even if the across-the-board spending constraints, known as sequestration, continue.

Monday - 11/04/2013, 11:23am EST

DISA DECCs swallow up two more data centers

Data center consolidation paving the way for JIE.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 02:50pm EDT

Security clearance process ready for, in need of its next makeover

OMB is set to begin next week a 120-day review of three broad areas around security clearances. DoD and ODNI are pursuing initiatives to create a continuous evaluation process for employees with secret and top secret approvals. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members say recent events show the process is broken.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 03:51am EDT

VanRoekel offers silver lining in HealthCare.gov debacle

In his first public comments since the portal launched, federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies and contractors can learn from the problems the website encountered. He said many times big failures provide the opening for major changes.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:29am EDT
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From 500 to 70, OMB reduces number of financial system requirements

The Office of Management and Budget rescinds CircularA-127 and issues new guidance to simplify financial system requirements. The goal is to improve quality, utility and the reliability of federal financial information.

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 03:57am EDT
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House Republicans press OMB for details on its oversight of HealthCare.gov

In a letter to federal CIO Steve VanRoekel and federal CTO Todd Park, Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairmen want documents and information on whether the program went under a TechStat review and whether the White House made decisions that impacted the use of federal IT best practices.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 01:29pm EDT

Cobert takes her place as OMB's deputy director for management

Beth Cobert is on the job as the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate confirmed Cobert and 24 other nominees late Wednesday night.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 05:27pm EDT

OMB anticipates challenges in returning from shutdown

The Office of Management and Budget is anticipating agencies will face some logistical challenges in reopening the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. But Brian Deese, OMB's deputy director, told Federal News Radio employees are eager to get back to work and to begin tackling those challenges.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 06:10pm EDT
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Some furloughed workers recalled to duty

Some furloughed employees trickling back to work despite continued government shutdown

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:44pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB adds clarity to new cyber policy; Cyber risks during shutdown overstated; OASIS delayed inde

The White House is finalizing its first major cybersecurity policy in more than three years.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 04:36pm EDT

OMB management nominee offers peek into priorities, style

Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee laud Beth Cobert's private sector experience. But Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Senate leaders do not plan to debate or vote on any nominations during the shutdown.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 07:38pm EDT
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Agencies hit the 'off' switch on websites

Some government agency websites were essentially turned off Tuesday morning, as the shutdown officially got underway. Agencies also began sending out messages via social media alerting followers that accounts would not be updated during the shutdown.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 10:55am EDT

Agency websites, other technology to go dark during shutdown

OMB and GSA put out separate memos detailing steps agencies should take if the government shuts down. OMB reminded agencies to secure systems and how to deal with third-party social media sites. GSA gave agencies ideas to minimize the impact of having to shutdown websites.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 04:08pm EDT

Agency-by-agency shutdown guidance

What's your agency's shutdown plan? Federal News Radio provides links to each agency's guidance in the event of a government shutdown.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 01:13pm EDT

Treasury overhauling qualifications for financial shared services providers

Treasury's Office of Financial Innovation Transformation (OFIT) issued a draft set of requirements that agencies must meet if they want to be federal shared services providers. The requirements should be finalized this fall, and a new set of providers will be in place in the coming months.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 06:07am EDT
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DoD releases shutdown guidance to employees, warns of furloughs

Following a memo released from the Office of Management and Budget Wednesday, the Defense Department has issued a memo preparing employees for the possibility of a government shutdown. DoD answers several questions regarding furloughs, pay and retirement during an appropriations lapse.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:35am EDT

Coburn asks for details on year-end spending spree

OMB Director Sylvia Burwell received a letter from Sen. Tom Coburn earlier this month asking for the facts and figures on how agencies are spending acquisition funds in the fourth quarter.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:31am EDT

OMB gives agencies more control over financial management systems

The White House updates Circular A-123 to include a new appendix to address federal financial management systems. OMB expects the new regulations to let agencies focus on a smaller-scale, risk-based approach to improving financial systems.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 02:30pm EDT

OMB issues shutdown guidance to agencies

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo Wednesday providing guidance to prepare federal agencies for the possibility of a government shutdown. The memo addressed several frequently asked questions, explaining everything from contracts and grants to the use of IT operations during an appropriations lapse.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 10:16am EDT
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