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OMB holds shutdown calls 'over abundance of caution'

As a matter of "caution," the Office of Management and Budget discussed shutdown contingencies with agencies today as Congress continues to debate a bipartisan budget deal. Federal funding runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Tags: budget , Congress , spending bill , Barack Obama , House , Michael OConnell , A-11 Guidance

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 05:24pm EST

IT reform bill overcomes toughest hurdle on path to become law

The House and Senate Armed Services committee members agreed to keep a pared down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , FITARA , Gerry Connolly , Darrell Issa , OPM , National Defense Authorization Act , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jason Miller , Congress

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:19pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD trying to remove the haze around its use of commercial clouds

In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," The Department of Defense releases the results of a study detailing three new approaches to help military services and agencies ensure the security of the commercial clouds they use; what could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals and Harvard, the Commerce Department and the Office of Management and Budget are stealing away three senior executives from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tags: Technology , Cloud computing , Cybersecurity , DoD , Terry Halvorsen , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , Oversight , FISMA , State Department , continuous monitoring , people , White House , Office of Science and Technology , Commerce Department , U.S. Digital Service , Nick Sinai , Harvard University , Lynn Overman , Charles Worthington , Aneesh Chopra

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:56am EST

White House to hold federal managers accountable for employee engagement

Senior managers soon may have more to fret about when it's time to discuss their performance with the boss: Are they engaging employees and creating inclusive work environments?

Tags: SES , Employee engagement , OPM , Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey , Bill Dougan , SEA , Beth Cobert , John Palguta , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Emily Kopp , exclusive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:03pm EST

OMB to seed digital services teams across government

The U.S. Digital Service team is working with VA and other agencies to hire and train employees to apply the agile development approach to projects. Mikey Dickerson, USDS director, said the goal is two-fold: to create lasting agile development capacity in agencies and to ensure agencies think about citizens' needs first and foremost.

Tags: Technology , workforce , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , Digital services , Agile development , Training , hiring , Veterans Affairs Department , CIO Council , GSA , 18F , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:06pm EST
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Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Tags: Technology , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , Haley Van Dyck , Agile development , U.S. Digital Service , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , Acquisition , Marina Martin , VA , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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President's immigration plan pushes DHS to restructure personnel, tighten border security

Under President Obama's executive order on immigration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a slew of memos outlining the agency's push to reform its personnel structure, review premium pay, and better secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tags: Barack Obama , Jeh Johnson , DHS , ICE , ICE ERO , OCHCO , OPM , Congress , Personnel , workforce , pay and benefits , immigration , executive order , Coast Guard , Customs and Border Protection , Citizenship and Immigration Services , Jory Heckman

Friday - 11/21/2014, 08:33am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Clear evidence is in: the agile software development concept is leading to more successful federal technology projects. The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo calling for modular project development in 2012, and it's been monitoring its uptake since. Lisa Schlosser is acting federal chief information officer. Mikey Dickerson is the director of the U.S. Digital Service and the deputy federal chief information officer. Haley Van Dyck is a member of the Digital Services Team. All three of them sat down with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller to discuss the progress in using the agile concept commonly known as DevOps.

Tags: Jason Miller , In Depth , U.S. Digital Service , Agile development ,

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:50pm EST
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Never mind sequestration, Pentagon to seek budget boost in 2016

The Defense Department already had telegraphed that it would request more money than sequestration allows for in 2016. But the military's top officer said Wednesday that new missions involving Ebola, the Islamic State and Russia likely will push DoD's funding request even higher.

Tags: DoD , budget , sequestration , Martin Dempsey , Ray Odierno , Defense One , Mike McCord , management , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 05:01am EST
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GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Tags: GAO , sequestration , Energy , DoT , NIH , HHS , grant management , contracting , budget , Mark Warner , Jory Heckman ,

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST
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