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Analysis: Government reorganization 'challenging terrain' for Obama

President Barack Obama has asked Congress for the power to merge federal agencies in an effort to make government more efficient and consumer friendly. Obama will call on Congress to give him a type of consolidation authority last held by a president when Ronald Reagan was in office. Analysts and former government insiders congratulate the president for the massive plan to streamline services. But they warn it will be tricky.

Tags: business , Emily Kopp , Don Kettl , Susan Schwab , USTR , Commerce , NOAA , Partnership for Public Service , Max Stier , Jeff Zients , OMB , Barack Obama , management , government reorganization , workforce

Friday - 01/13/2012, 08:15pm EST
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White House concerned over online piracy bills

The Obama administration expressed concerns over bills it says would undermine "the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

Tags: Aneesh Chopra , Victoria Espinel , Howard Schmidt , cybersecurity , piracy , White House , OMB , technology , Senate

Saturday - 01/14/2012, 02:37pm EST

Draft cyber bill gives DHS controversial authorities

The Senate is set to take up comprehensive cyber legislation in January that already is causing experts heartburn. Provisions to give the Homeland Security Department more authorities, including taking "any lawful action" to stop cyber attacks against systems holding federal data, are coming under fire. Industry experts are optimistic Congress will pass major cyber reform.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Alan Paller , James Lewis , Bob Dix , SANS Institute , CSIS , Juniper Networks , FISMA , critical infrastructure , DHS , White House , industry , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/13/2012, 05:14am EST
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Obama requests $1.2T hike in borrowing limit

Tags: Barack Obama , debt limit , budget , deficit

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 04:09pm EST

Report: Shortchanging IRS budget hurts taxpayers

Congress is damaging the Internal Revenue Service by shortchanging its budget, making it harder for the agency to help taxpayers, detect fraud and bolster revenue collection even as budget deficits surge, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

Tags: IRS , budget , Charles Boustany ,

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 08:43am EST

Cummings: Fight ahead for federal pay raise

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, anticipates strong opposition to President Obama's promised 0.5 percent pay increase for federal employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa , USPS , House , pay increase , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , workforce

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 11:29am EST
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Is cybersecurity bill on Congress' to-do list?

Jordy Yager, a reporter for the Hill, says that Congress's number one priority for 2012 is to present the president with a comprehensive cybersecurity bill.

Tags: Jordy Yager , The Hill , DHS , cybersecurity , Federal Drive , technology

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 12:23pm EST
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Pitfalls ahead for potential OMB successors?

Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton and former associate director for administration and government performance at OMB, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the leadership changes at OMB as they unfold so close to budget time.

Tags: OMB , Jack Lew , Jeffrey Zients , Heather Higginbottom , budget , people , Grant Thornton , Robert Shea , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:43pm EST
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Army's migration to cloud email pushed back at least 45 days

Congress wants two reports on enterprise email: one from the Army that is due by Jan. 31 and another from DoD CIO Teri Takai by June. Army deputy CIO Mike Krieger said the requirement for a report caused the service to delay the program for 30 days and would push back the final migration date to at least mid-May.

Tags: technology , Mike Krieger , Army , DoD , Teri Takai , cloud computing , enterprise email , DISA , Defense Authorization Bill , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/09/2012, 02:14pm EST
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