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Interagency board identifies underused fed buildings

Congress is holding the government accountable for federal building ownership and leasing. Rep. Holmes Norton is asking GSA for access to excess building data.

Tags: real estate , consolidation , budget , GAO , Darrell Issa , Kathleen Turco , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Thomas Davis , Gene Dodaro , Ryan Alexander , John Buckner

Friday - 03/04/2011, 06:15pm EST

OMB, oversight committee fail to connect

Rep. Issa and other Republicans criticize the administration for not testifying on GAO report on duplicative programs. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee promises quarterly hearings on how agencies are chipping away at the widespread overlap.

Tags: management , Darrell Issa , Connie Mack , Elijah Cummings , Jeff Zients , Gene Dodaro , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , GAO , Tom Davis , Deloitte , overlapping programs , cost cutting , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/04/2011, 07:19am EST
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Many agencies are not under a hiring freeze

Federal News Radio surveyed 10 agencies to find out how they are preparing for a shutdown, and how operating under a continuing resolution is affecting their operations.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , shutdown , SBA , Transportation , GPO , HUD , Justice , NASA , State , Commerce , Energy , NRC , DoT , hiring freeze , John Buckner

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 07:46pm EST

Koskinen: Assume no shutdown, but prepare for one

Both political parties are making a "good faith effort" to avoid a shutdown, but agencies should still have a plan in place in case Congress cannot reach a compromise to fund government, said John Koskinen, the former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget during the last partial government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996,

Tags: John Koskinen , shutdown , budget , In Depth , Francis Rose , management , Congress

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 05:31pm EST
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New Virtualization and IT ConsolidationTitle

Goals are aggressive for Federal datacenter consolidation. A simple way to dramatically consolidate datacenter infrastructure is virtualizing servers. OMB estimates that only 21% of x86 agency servers are virtualized - Is your data center leveraging virtualization? VMware customers achieve average consolidation ratios of 12 to 1 - some as high as 50-1. Performance isn't compromised , since the average server still operates between 5 and 15% of capacity according to industry analysts. Consolidating means working smarter, and leveraging underutilized resources you already have. In fact, virtualization maximizes server utilization and reduces energy costs and consumption up to 90%.

Tags: technology , virtualization experts , virtulization , VMware ,

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 12:56pm EST

Lessons from Shutdown '95

John Cooney, former General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget in 1995 looks back at the last shutdown for us.

Tags: Federal Drive , shutdown , budget , John Cooney , Venable, LLP , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 10:41am EST
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Pentagon Solutions: Gordon Adams

Gordon Adams is the former Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

Tags: Gordon Adams , Stimson Center , DoD , budget , Pentagon Solution , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 03/01/2011, 05:47pm EST
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OMB turns up oversight heat with cyberstat

The administration's IT agenda for fiscal 2012 will include new tools to combat cyber threats as well as major overhauls to how agencies manage their systems. Agency CIOs say agility will be important moving forward.

Tags: technology , management , contracting , cybersecurity , Vivek Kundra , Richard Spires , Roger Baker , GSA , USDA , VA , DHS , education , cyberstats , collaboration , agile development , IT budget , program oversight , AFCEA , Meg Beasley

Monday - 02/28/2011, 06:58am EST
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Contractors need to do homework before shutdown

A panel of experts said contractors should prepare for a potential government shutdown by figuring out how their specific contracts would be affected in such a scenario. Step one, they said, is for vendors to talk with their agency contracting officers.

Tags: contracting , management , shutdown , budget , White House , continuing resolution , Congress , Professional Services Council , John Cooney , Alan Chvotkin , Barry Anderson , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 07:35am EST
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OPM, OMB urge more investment in senior execs

The memo issued by the Offices of Personnel Management and Management and Budget lay out proposals for developing the Senior Executive Service.

Tags: OPM , SES , management , best practices , Jolie Lee

Monday - 02/21/2011, 03:28pm EST
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