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OMB freezes new .gov websites

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra will develop policy and guidance to improve how agencies manage their websites.

Tags: technology , Jeff Zients , GSA , OSTP , websites , Customer service , .gov domain , executive order , Jason Miller

Monday - 06/13/2011, 06:32pm EDT

OPM, OMB cap bonuses for feds

The administration has capped the amount federal agencies can spend on performance awards for employees.

Tags: John Berry , Jeffrey Zients , OPM , management , workforce , pay and benefits , pay , policy , Ruben Gomez

Monday - 06/13/2011, 02:26pm EDT

Transparency groups call for increased E-Gov funding

OMB Watch and 30 other open-gov groups are asking Congress to restore funding to the E-Government Fund.

Tags: Vivek Kundra , Tom Carper , E-Government Fund , Open government , Data.gov , IT Dashboard , USASpending.gov , Performance.gov , OMB Watch , technology , Gov 2.0

Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:56pm EDT

OMB teeing up financial, HR systems for the cloud

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said there are more than 1,000 of these back-office systems and moving them to private cloud providers could save billions. Several agencies, including Labor and EEOC, already have moved their financial systems to a private cloud. Kundra envisions an interagency effort similar to the one for email where agencies commit to using a governmentwide contract for these services.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , GSA , USDA , NRC , Interior , EEOC , Labor , cloud computing , e-mail-as-a-service , financial management , human resources management systems , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , Microsoft , Politico , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/10/2011, 08:01am EDT
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Reorganization plan sent to President

OMB submits recommendations to change the way agencies that support trade, export and competitiveness work. President Obama is expected to make his decision public, but there is no timetable for when.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , Lisa Brown , government reorganization , trade and exports , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 08:10pm EDT

Telework deadline passes - are you eligible?

Under the Telework Enhancement Act, agencies were supposed to have told their employees by Tuesday whether they were allowed to telework. OPM said telework coordinators say they have processes in place to meet the law's requirements. A new survey finds the law having an impact on telecommuting across the government.

Tags: technology , management , Justin Johnson , OPM , GSA , Telework Exchange , Juniper , telework , cybersecurity , Telework Enhancement Act , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/08/2011, 07:28am EDT
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OMB urging regulatory reform plans for small agencies

The Office of Management and Budget has gotten preliminary plans for regulatory reform from 30 executive branch agencies after President Obama's January executive order calling for a review of unneeded or unjustified regulations. The White House also is encouraging independent federal agencies to submit their own plans, but OMB has gotten just a single page back so far.

Tags: Congress , management , regulatory reform , White House , OIRA , EPA , HHS , Cass Sunstein , Heritage Foundation , James Gatusso , SBA , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/06/2011, 06:55am EDT
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Acquisition gets a double dose of expertise

FAI, DAU teaming together to provide contracting officers and others training and tools.

Tags: contracting , Kathleen Turco , GSA , OFPP , FAI , DAU , acquisition workforce , greening of government , BRAC , civilian property disposal , Jason Miller

Monday - 06/06/2011, 06:44am EDT
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Schlosser moving to OMB's E-Gov office

Schlosser comes to OMB from EPA where she will take over for Mike Howell, who left in November. Schlosser also served as CIO of HUD and worked on cybersecurity at Transportation.

Tags: technology , management , Lisa Schlosser , Mike Howell , EPA , HUD , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 05:56pm EDT

Defense bill nudges toward outsourcing

Several outsourcing-friendly provisions made their way into the Defense authorization bill approved by the House of Representatives last week. The bill would lift a moratorium on public-private competitions via the A-76 process in DoD, and expresses the sense of Congress that DoD should insource only those jobs which are inherently governmental.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , inherently governmental , insourcing , outsourcing , A-76 , competition , Lexington Institute , Center for Strategic and International Studies , Defense Logistics Agency , Carlyle Group , Frank Finelli , David Berteau , John Conger , Redding Hobby , Dan Goure , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/30/2011, 11:14am EDT
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