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Agency CFOs feel strain of impending budget cuts

Agency chief financial officers and deputy CFOs said their top three priorities and challenges all revolve around improving how their agency manages spending, according to an exclusive online survey by Federal News Radio. Agencies expect the 2013 budget request to include significant cuts in across-the-board discretionary spending. CFOs and deputy CFOs also said they are concerned whether their workforces are adequately trained to meet the job's growing demands.

Tags: 2011 and Beyond , CFO Council , CFO survey , financial management , management , workforce , training , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 03:45pm EST
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After buyouts, GPO's workforce at lowest levels in century

The Government Printing Office has announced more than 300 employees left the agency in the second half of 2011, mostly because of the buyouts and early retirements the agency offered last year. GPO's workforce is now stands at its lowest levels in a century, the agency said in a release.

Tags: GPO , retirement , pay and benefits , buyouts , Davita Vance-Cooks ,

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 05:58pm EST

Analysis: 3 areas DoD can target for cost-cutting

Travis Sharp, a defense analyst at the Center for a New American Security, outlines three main areas where DoD could make cuts.

Tags: Travis Sharp , CNAS , DoD , Congress , sequestration , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/20/2012, 11:25am EST
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Analysis: Sequester unlikely, but major Defense cuts ahead

Russel Rumbaugh, co-director of budgeting for foreign affairs and defense at the Stimson Center, sees the looming sequester as an empty threat. Meanwhile, DoD and the administration move forward with significant cuts in spending.

Tags: DoD , Leon Panetta , Federal Drive , Russel Rumbaugh , Stimson Center , sequester , sequestration , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 12:13pm EST
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Could DoD cuts benefit small businesses?

Steve Krause, a principal at Catalyst Partners, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how steep defense cuts could actually play to smaller contractors' strengths.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Contracting , industry , Steve Krause , Catalyst Partners , small business ,

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 06:09pm EST
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CIOs influence growing around mission, budget, survey finds

More than half of the CIOs and deputy CIOs who responded to an exclusive online Federal News Radio survey about their 2012 priorities said the recent Office of Management and Budget memo giving them oversight over commodity IT spending either will improve how they manage IT spending or codifies their existing authorities. More than two-thirds of the respondents said their agency's senior decision-makers value their input and 80 percent said those same leaders understand the value information technology brings to the mission.

Tags: CIO survey , Jason Miller , OMB , 25-point IT reform plan , management , technology , IT , cloud computing , 2011 and Beyond , CIO authorities

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 04:24pm EST
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Plan to prevent sequestration unlikely before election

Every day that passes brings your agency a bit closer to automatic spending cuts under sequestration. If Congress can't figure something else out, the process of reducing spending by $1.2 trillion over 10 years will start, with the 2013 budget. But any deal to avoid sequestration probably won't happen anytime before the election, said Erik Wasson, reporter for the Hill newspaper

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , Congress , sequestration , DoD , Norm Dicks , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 11:13am EST
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Obama to name Zients acting OMB director

The White House has announced Jeffrey Zients will serve as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget when current director Jack Lew steps down next month to become White House chief of staff.

Tags: Jeffrey Zients , OMB , people , management , Jack Lew

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 05:24pm EST

Dempsey: New DoD strategy offers more opportunities than liabilities

In a speech at Duke University, Dempsey says the Defense Department is not the victim of a drive to reduce growth in the national debt.

Tags: Martin Dempsey , DoD Report , Duke University , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Federal Drive , Barack Obama

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 06:59am EST

DoD feels R&D budget pinch

The American Association for the Advancement of Science says agencies are shelling out almost two billion dollars LESS this fiscal year most of it because of defense cuts.

Tags: Matt Hourihan , American Association for the Advancement of Science , Research and development , DoD ,

Friday - 01/13/2012, 12:34pm EST
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