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Civilian BRAC gains Hill support

The Obama administration Wednesday sent lawmakers a proposed bill that would create an independent commission to dispose of thousands of pieces of federal property that agencies have designated as excess. The administration also posted online a map showing the locations of more than 7,000 of the properties.

Tags: management , Congress , Jeffrey Zients , Danny Werfel , Jeff Denham , Tom Carper , BRAC , budget , excess property , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 10:16am EDT
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OMB sets new deadline for telework IT plan

OMB issues a memo detailing the minimum requirements agencies should consider when purchasing technology to make teleworking easier.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Technology , contracting , Jacob Lew , OPM , telework , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/29/2011, 11:18am EDT

GSA to boost cloud computing with new RFP

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra expects GSA to issue a solicitation by May 10 for a $2.5 billion contract for email-as-a-service. It's part of how the administration wants agencies to move to cloud computing. Kundra said five of seven short-term IT reforms efforts are on track.

Tags: Technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Roger Baker , Kathleen Merrigan , Daniel Poneman , GSA , VA , Energy , USDA , Cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , role of the CIO , IT reforms , Data center consolidation , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 08:01am EDT
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Agencies given 6 months to revamp online services

President Obama issues an Executive Order requiring agencies to focus on technological and process improvements for citizen-facing services. OMB's Zients said the government relies too much on the old way to help citizens - phone, in person and on paper.

Tags: management , Technology , Jeff Zients , customer service , executive order , VA , IRS , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 07:49am EDT

OMB to close 137 data centers by end of year

The Office of Management and Budget has released a list of 137 data centers it plans to close by the end of the year.

Tags: data centers , Technology , Vivek Kundra , White House , Julia Ziegler , Jeffrey Zients

Wednesday - 04/27/2011, 10:30am EDT

Carper wants to know plans for open gov sites

The Delaware Democratic senator wrote a letter to federal CIO Vivek Kundra asking for more details about which transparency websites will continue and which will go dark. Congress reduced the E-Government Fund by 76 percent in 2011forcing some near-term decisions.

Tags: Technology , Tom Carper , Vivek Kundra , Darrell Issa , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , E-Government Fund , transparency , budget cuts , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/22/2011, 03:41pm EDT

Exclusive: Schmidt says cyber progress being made quietly behind the scenes

The White House cybersecurity advisor said many of his office's initiatives are in the operational stages and are making a difference. But some in industry and government say there is a vacuum in leadership from his office and OMB. Howard Schmidt says it's clear what role his office, OMB and DHS play.

Tags: Technology , management , Howard Schmidt , Vivek Kundra , White House , DHS , NIST , Cybersecurity , TIC , DNS Security , FISMA , IT reforms , Jason Miller , Cybersecurity Update

Friday - 04/22/2011, 07:36am EDT
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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Tags: management , Todd Platts , Danny Werfel , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SSA , CMS , DoD , VA , DHS , Improper payments , Do Not Pay list , Recovery audits , internal controls , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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How to improve life for Performance Improvement

PIOs have been interviewed to find out what issues and challenges they are facing. Its report provides some solutions for improving performance management across government. Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton, has details.

Tags: Federal Drive , Grant Thorton , best practices , management , Partnership for Public Service , Performance Improvement Officers , Robert Shea

Wednesday - 04/13/2011, 10:08am EDT
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