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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: FedRAMP compliance results months away, OMB's word of the year: Effectiveness

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Tags: FedRAMP , OMB , Steve VanRoekel , Lisa Schlosser , PortfolioStat , management , IT , Jennifer Kerber , David Walker , Katie Lewin , GSA , Sonny Hasmi , Casey Coleman , Senate , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:51pm EDT

Lawmakers optimistic about IT reform, cyber improvements

The nomination of Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as a variety of bills dealing with federal IT reform and cybersecurity updates crowded the docket of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee business meeting Wednesday.

Tags: technology , Congress , OMB , Shaun Donovan , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , IT reform , cybersecurity , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Mark Forman , TASC , Erica McCann , Daniel Castro , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:37am 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.

Tags: management , Insider threat , OMB , John Fitzpatrick , NARA , information sharing , Patrick Kennedy , State Department , NSA , Keith Alexander , Ed Hammersla , Raytheon , CA Technologies , Bill Harrod , Intelligence National Security Alliance , Dawn Cappelli , Rockwell Automation , Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:56am EDT
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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.

Tags: oversight , security clearances , Questioning Clearances , continuous evaluation , OMB , ODNI , DoD , Marcel Lettre , Evan Lesser , GAO , Brenda Farrell , Bill Henderson

Sunday - 05/18/2014, 08:44am 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.

Tags: financial management , OMB , Dick Gregg , Treasury , USDA , GSA , Jason Miller

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

Tags: OMB , security clearances , background investigations , PSC , Jack Moore

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

Tags: OMB , management , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:11pm EDT
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Are agencies doing enough to weed out redundant programs?

Three years after the Government Accountability Office first reported that federal agencies were managing a maze of potentially duplicative federal programs, the watchdog agency has added nearly a dozen more areas to its tally of duplication and overlap. GAO's latest report identifies a total of 26 areas for potential cost-savings, ranging from fragmented operations to out-and-out copycat programs being run by multiple agencies.

Tags: management , budget , OMB , GAO , duplication , Nicole Clowers , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 12:36pm EDT
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Unions hope new tools will help labor-management forums be more effective

The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations is getting ready to launch new tools to help partnerships between agency management and federal-employee unions better measure their effectiveness. A handful of agencies are months late in compiling metrics on the use and effectiveness of the forums, according to a report presented at a meeting of the labor-management council Wednesday. Unions are frustrated with the haphazard data collection.

Tags: workforce , management , OPM , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Bill Dougan , NFFE , David Holway , NAGE , Katherine Archuleta , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT

White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators' access to state and local police records.

Tags: OPM , oversight , management , DoD , security clearances , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Katherine Archuleta

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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