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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

Beth Cobert, deputy director for management, OMB

What's the secret to meeting 100 agency performance goals in the next two years?

Tags: OMB , Federal Drive , Jason Miller , cross-agency goals , Deloitte , Jitinder Kohli , performance goals

Friday - 03/14/2014, 12:34pm EDT
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OMB's Cobert says new performance goals to 'drive tangible outcomes'

In the fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress, the White House detailed 15 cross-agency priority goals and almost 100 agency-specific goals. The goals and new strategic plans are laying the groundwork for agencies to continue to improve mission delivery and operations over the next two years.

Tags: management , performance management , OMB , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , budget , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , data driven reviews , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:45am EDT
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Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management, OMB

An update for your agency's performance management to-do list.

Tags: OMB , In Depth , management

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 05:52pm EDT
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Budget proposal fleshes out OMB's management agenda

In the fiscal 2015 budget, the White House laid out initiatives that fall under each of the four pillars of the management agenda. The federal IT budget would drop to $79.1 billion in 2015 -- down from $81.4 billion in 2014.

Tags: management , technology , budget , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , management agenda , PortfolioStat , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 05:09pm EST
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Agencies highlight accomplishments, prepare for new performance goals

The White House will release an updated list of agency high-priority goals and cross-agency priority goals with the annual budget request to Congress in March. Meanwhile, the Office of Management and Budget detailed agency successes over the last two years in meeting current goals.

Tags: management , performance goals , OMB , Treasury Department , Nani Coloretti , Patrick Gallagher , NIST , Commerce Department , Performance.gov , Performance Improvement Council , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/14/2014, 05:07am EST
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Improper payments rate drops for 4th straight year

OMB releases the latest details on how agencies did in fiscal 2013 and promises more guidance next year.

Tags: OMB , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:12pm EST
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