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OMB to give CIOs IT hunting license through broadening of authorities

The administration wants chief information officers to take more control over spending on technology, especially in those areas in the "shadows." OMB acting Director Jeff Zients said the Interior Department's approach to giving its CIO control over almost all spending is a model for the rest of the government. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel to release a report on expected savings from PortfolioStat in the coming months.

Tags: technology , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , Jeff Zients , Bernie Mazer , PortfolioStat , CIO authorities , Jason Miller , President

Friday - 10/19/2012, 05:23am EDT
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OMB touts $4B in efficiency savings

Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post today that agencies have met half of President Obama's goal to save $8 billion by the end of 2013.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , OMB , budget , efficiencies , USDA , SSA , GSA , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:00pm EDT

OMB wants 'single door' for vendors at each agency

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to create vendor management organizations to centralize how contractors work with departments. So far, four agencies are piloting the vendor management organizations. VanRoekel, who also wants agencies to use investment review boards more for strategic goals, said the use of both tools "very much align with our priorities to do more with less."

Tags: technology , management , Steven VanRoekel , David Kappos , Roger Baker , Scott Gould , David Hayes , VA , PTO , IRS , vendor management organizations , investment review boards , Jason Miller , President

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:37am EST
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Interior, DoD to convert unused bases to energy projects

Interior estimates 13 million acres in the Western United States have high winds, lots of sunlight, or sit on top of geothermal sources.

Tags: DoD Report , green government , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 07:50am EDT

Interior email contract saga ends with Onix, Google winning

The agency announced it awarded Onix, the company which protested the 2010 contract, a $35 million deal to provide email-as-a-service to 92,000 employees. Under the terms of the deal, Onix must fully migrate Interior employees to the cloud by December.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , Onix , Google , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , Softchoice , Microsoft , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 12:48pm EDT

Performance improvement has 'turned the corner' in government

Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies are doing a better job in setting outcome-based goals and using data to measure their progress. OPM is finalizing guidance and training to use the competence models for performance improvement positions. Treasury and DHS are setting their own path to using data to meet their mission goals.

Tags: management , OMB , Shelley Metzenbaum , OPM , Andrea Bright , Richard Beck , Treasury , Kevin Donahue , DHS , Amy Culbertson , performance management , GPRA Modernization Act , performance improvement officer , Performance Improvement Council , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:55am EDT
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U.S. reaches historic agreements with 41 Indian tribes

The Justice Department has reached a $1 billion settlement with 41 American Indian tribes that had brought 72 separate lawsuits against the U.S. government. Some of the disputes are more than a century old.

Tags: Justice , Tony West , American Indian , lawsuit ,

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 10:47am EDT
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Senator blocks Interior's Salazar from receiving pay bump

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on track for pay raise that would have brought his salary on par with other Cabinet secretaries, until Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) gave him a quota. Until Salazar each month approved six new deep-water permits to allow exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Vitter would block the raise.

Tags: Ken Salazar , David Vitter , Barbara Boxer , Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , Senate , Congress

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 07:05pm EDT

OMB launches PortfolioStat to reduce commodity IT spending

Agencies have to meet a series of milestones starting in June to eventually migrate two commodity IT functions to shared services or strategic sourcing contracts. VA, GSA, Interior and Patent and Trademark Office have tested the concept of managing by portfolios as well as vendor management organizations.

Tags: technology , management , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , Roger Baker , VA , GSA , Casey Coleman , David Kappos , Patent and Trademark Office , David Hayes , PortfolioStat , TechStat , vendor management organizations , IT efficiencies , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Obama administration two-sided on openness, expert says

Angela Canterbury, director of Public Policy at the Project on Government Oversight, said the Obama administration's efforts at transparency and openness have garnered mixed results.

Tags: Angela Canterbury , POGO , oversight , open government , Accountability and Transparency Board , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:17pm EDT
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