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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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Agencies having trouble analyzing service contracts

GAO found many agencies will fall short of the June 30 deadline to determine if they are using service contractors appropriately.

Tags: contracting , GAO , GSA , HUD , VA , DHS , service contracting , inventories , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/27/2011, 06:37pm EDT

Commerce, Labor could merge to form new agency

Sen. Richard Burr (R.-N.C.) introduced legislation forming the Commerce and Workforce Department using recommendations of GAO and the deficit commission. Thirty-five offices would be consolidated into 12 and funding of seven programs or initiatives would be reduced or eliminated.

Tags: management , Richard Burr , Commerce , Labor , Reorganization , Deficit Commission , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/27/2011, 12:27pm EDT
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CIOs cite struggles with agile development

Agency chief information officers say the road to more agile acquisition and development of information technology has some speed bumps, including misaligned budgetary and acquisition cycles, and industry partners who are just as accustomed to the old way of doing things as the government is.

Tags: Technology , Industry , management , Vivek Kundra , IT management reforms , Agile development , AFCEA , CBP , VA , DoD , Kenneth Ritchhart , Stephen Warren , Teri Takai , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/27/2011, 08:09am EDT
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Improper payment oversight improves

Obama administration officials told Congress agencies are taking a more aggressive stance than ever in their efforts to cut improper payments. The White House has set a goal of reducing such payments by $50 billion by next fiscal year.

Tags: Congress , management , USDA , Improper payments , Danny Werfel , Richard Gregg , Calvin Scovel , Jacob Lew , Treasury Department , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:53am EDT
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