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Agencies building trust to reduce data centers

Several departments are out ahead of the OMB mandate to consolidate data facilities over the next four years. Energy is starting small to show business owners they will get the same level of service under the new setup. Other agencies see green in cutting back on the centers-both money and energy efficiency.

Tags: technology , Bill Turnbull , Cindy Cassil , Margie Graves , Alfred Rivera , DHS , State , Energy , DISA , AFCEA , Data center consolidation , cloud computing , green IT , enterprise e-mail , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/14/2011, 07:13am EST
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New governmentwide financial systems on tap

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the Treasury Department should be finished testing and analyzing systems in the next six months. The CFO Council highlights priorities for 2011, and among them is the further reduction of improper payments. Werfel said agencies will begin using the software tool first utilized by the Recovery Board to identify potential problems.

Tags: management , Danny Werfel , GAO , DoD , Treasury , CMS , improper payments , financial management , audit opinion , CFO Council , Recovery Act , forensic auditing , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 06:47am EST
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OMB to get new deputy director for budget

Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew announced the President's plan to nominate Heather Higginbottom to replace Rob Nabors.

Tags: management , Jack Lew , Heather Higginbottom , Domestic Policy Council , Rob Nabors , Meg Beasley

Monday - 01/10/2011, 04:27pm EST

OMB reminds agencies to justify brand names in RFPs

The Office of Management and Budget is reminding agencies for a second time in four years not to use brand names in their procurements.

Tags: Contracting , technology , Industry , Vivek Kundra , Dan Gordon , Victoria Espinel , brand name justification , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/07/2011, 07:27pm EST

Post-WikiLeaks, agencies to measure feds' happiness

NBC's Michael Isikoff details the OMB memo telling agencies to observe behavioral changes in employees.

Tags: Michael Isikoff , NBC , WikiLeaks , Cybersecurity Update , technology , psychology , happiness , Dorobek Insider , Jacob Lew

Thursday - 01/06/2011, 02:32pm EST
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WikiLeaks prompts review of agencies' handling of classified information

NextGov reports that OMB has set a Jan. 28 deadline for agencies to complete their assessments of how they handled classified information.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Nextgov , classified information , Dorobek Insider , WikiLeaks

Wednesday - 01/05/2011, 03:00pm EST

OMB wants classified systems assessed

Agencies must evaluate their security systems to ensure classified information remains secret. OMB, with guidance from ISOO and ODNI, has a battery of questions for agency heads in their second memo after the release of documents on WikiLeaks.

Tags: management , technology , Jacob Lew , ODNI , Information Security Oversight Office , WikiLeaks , cybersecurity , best practices , Meg Beasley

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 03:34pm EST

IG: EPA lacks procedures to find right staffing levels

A newly-released EPA Inspector General's audit found that the agency lacks the internal controls it needs to make sure its workforce is aligned with its missions.

Tags: management , best practices , EPA , inspector general , Jared Serbu

Friday - 12/31/2010, 04:17pm EST

Three-track system to replace Federal Career Internship Program

President Obama has signed an executive order that replaces the controversial Federal Career Intern Program with three consolidated 'pathways.' Administration officials say the old hiring system put agencies at a competitive disadvantage with private sector employers.

Tags: management , hiring , pay and benefits , Federal Career Intern Program , Merit Systems Protection Board , Jared Serbu , National Treasury Employees Union , American Federation of Government Employees , Colleen Kelly , John Gage

Monday - 12/27/2010, 07:57pm EST
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Interior gives CIO more authority over all IT

Secretary Salazar issued a memo to give oversight of the IT budget to the chief information officer. The memo also removes the CIO title from the bureaus and renames them as assistant directors for information resources. Observers say this move by Interior has been long-overdue.

Tags: technology , Bernie Mazur , Vivek Kundra , Andrew Jackson , Ken Salazar , Interior Department , role of the CIO , Data center consolidation , enterprisewide services , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/22/2010, 07:32am EST
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