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GSA, lawmakers favor innovative approach to dispose of federal property

A roundtable sponsored by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee explored how public-private partnerships could work to get rid of federal property more quickly.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 05:28am EDT

House again aims to merge E-Gov funding

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed the fiscal 2014 appropriations bill with a provision to merge the E-Government Fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund to create an Information and Engagement Fund for citizens. Appropriators also would cut the total request for the merged funds by about $15 million.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 07:14pm EDT

Bill turns up heat on agency use of strategic sourcing

A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 12:21pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DHS cyber contract awards delayed; musical chairs in federal IT ranks

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Friday - 07/12/2013, 06:16pm EDT

House subcommittee approves 24 percent cut to IRS budget

The embattled Internal Revenue Service faces a 24 percent cut to its budget next year, under a spending plan introduced by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. The IRS funding was included in the committee's Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which also includes funding for the Treasury Department, the General Services Administration and the Executive Office of the President. The subcommittee is set to mark up the proposal Wednesday.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 08:35pm EDT

White House projects shrinking deficit

White House projects that federal budget deficit will shrink to $759 billion for current year

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 04:20am EDT

Obama presses for smarter, more innovative government

In a Cabinet meeting this morning, the president will ask new OMB Director Sylvia Burwell to lead this reinvigorated effort to help agencies find more innovative ways to deliver better results. OMB is missing key leaders, including a deputy director for management, to shepherd this revised push to improve agency management.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 12:00pm EDT

Senate confirms GSA's Tangherlini, others to key agency posts

The top spots at a few key federal agencies are now officially filled following Senate confirmation votes this week. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve Dan Tangherlini to be the administrator of the General Services Administration and Howard Shelanski to serve as the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. Senators also OK'd Brian Deese to serve as OMB deputy director for budget.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 04:26pm EDT

Progress lacking on GPRA Modernization Act

Agencies need to do more to fully implement the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, according to the Government Accountability Office. Forty percent of agency managers remain unfamiliar with cross-agency priority goals developed by the administration. The report also recommends agencies do more to ensure the performance information they release is both useful and used by federal managers to measure agency results.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 05:54am EDT
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GSA to decide if cloud broker services work

Mark Day, GSA's director of the Office of Strategic Programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, said the Homeland Security Department and one other large agency have signed up for the short-term pilot.
June 27, 2013

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 08:42pm EDT
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Open data key to interagency, private sector innovation

Compiling government data cuts costs and fosters technological advancements, according to Lisa Schlosser, deputy associate administrator in the Office of E-Government and Information Technology. She is calling for agencies to re-envision data as a product to be shared.

Monday - 06/24/2013, 07:01pm EDT

IRS draws new criticism over $70M employee bonuses

IRS draws new criticism over $70M in employee bonuses, says it's bound by union contract

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 02:42pm EDT

OMB sets new deadlines to improve data on USASpending.gov

Deputy Controller Norman Dong issued a memo to CFOs detailing steps they must take over the next 17 months better track and validate data between agency financial systems and the USASpending.gov portal.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 07:00am EDT

Small businesses largely immune to reduced contractor pay cap

Reducing the contractor compensation cap to the level of the salary drawn by the President ($400,000) or the Vice President ($230,700), as suggested by some lawmakers and the White House in the past, would dramatically increase the number of employees who earn compensation above the allowable limits GAO said. But the changes would mostly affect large companies, auditors said, because few of the small companies it surveyed pay their employees more than the amount earned by the President and Vice President.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 09:03pm EDT

GAO: Agencies should expand TechStat reviews to all high-risk projects

Federal agencies need to step up their use of TechStat sessions, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. The face-to-face meetings of IT officials and agency leaders have been put to use by the Office of Management and Budget and individual agencies to turn around or terminate dozens of failing IT projects. But only about a third of the agency projects deemed most at risk of cost overruns or schedule slips have undergone the reviews, GAO reported.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 07:49pm EDT

Regulatory czar nominee pledges to speed up review process

President Barack Obama's pick to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pledged to clear up delays in the regulatory process if confirmed by the Senate. Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, Howard Shelanski said improving the timeliness of OIRA's work -- which has come in for criticism from Republican lawmakers and transparency groups, alike -- is among his top priorities.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 06:21pm EDT
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Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Some question who's in charge at GSA with six feds on admin leave

Industry experts say GSA is looking for scapegoats for the problems outlined in two recent inspector general reports, instead of stepping back and understanding the real issues auditors raised.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 03:50pm EDT

Agencies improving security of IT networks slowly, but surely

The White House released updated progress report on the cross-agency cybersecurity goals and found most agencies improved. The administration said more agencies are using smart cards to log onto their networks and more are implementing continuous monitoring.

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Performance.gov faces identity crisis

Nearly two years after the site launched, the Office of Management and Budget still hasn't clearly defined its purpose or its intended audience, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 06:05pm EDT
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