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Agency reorganization plan on track for June deadline

OMB's Jeff Zients told Senate lawmakers that his office has held 250 meetings to discuss agency reorganization ideas. Zients also said the lack of funding for e-government programs will slow the advancement of transparency websites.

Tags: reorganization , E-Government Fund , GPRA , Jeff Zients , Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , technology , management , open government , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 03:48pm EDT
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Bill to reduce Senate-confirmed positions advances

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to legislation Wednesday that would take roughly 200 presidential appointees out of the Senate confirmation process. The vast number of Senate-confirmable positions has become unwieldy for the upper chamber, and has deterred too many qualified candidates from accepting executive branch appointments, committee leaders said.

Tags: management , Congress , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Rob Portman , Tom Coburn , Senate-confirmed positions , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 07:07am EDT
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Six-month budget slashes e-gov fund by 76 percent

The agreement between the White House and Congressional leaders to fund the government through the remainder of 2011 would strip the E-Government fund of more than three quarters of its dollars. The fund, managed by the General Services Administration, pays for several of the Obama Administration's government transparency websites.

Tags: technology , Congress , Vivek Kundra , David McClure , OMB , GSA , cloud computing , data center consolidation , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , E-Government Fund , open government , transparency , TechStat , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 08:20pm EDT
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OMB prepares for open gov sites to go dark in May

Several sites, including Data.gov, the IT Dashboard and the FEDRamp cloud efforts, could be shut down in the next two months if the administration doesn't get more money under the E-government fund. In all, nine sites are on the list to be discontinued by July 30 if OMB doesn't find money to keep it going. Experts say OMB has several ways to keep the sites up, including pass-the-hat among agencies.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , OMB , GSA , Joseph Lieberman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , House Appropriations Committee , Dan Chenok , IBM , Fred Corle , KGS Inc. , Daniel Schuman , Sunlight Foundation , E-Government Fund , open government , transparency , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/31/2011, 04:46pm EDT
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SES reforms on pace for this summer

OPM told a Senate subcommittee that recruitment, training and onboarding are among their top priorities to improve the Senior Executive Service. More than half of all SESers are eligible to retire by 2013. OPM's Nancy Kichak said SES pay compression is the biggest challenge in need of Congressional help.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Nancy Kichak , Daniel Akaka , OPM , White House , President's Management Council , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , Senior Executive Service , compression pay , SES reforms , Jason Miller , President

Wednesday - 03/30/2011, 07:19am EDT
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Witnesses offer improvements for SES

The Senior Executives Association and the Partnership for Public Service testified before a subcommittee with improvement to SES and ways Congress can help.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Carol Bonosaro , Max Stier , Daniel Akaka , Partnership for Public Service , SEA , SES , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , SES reforms , John Buckner

Wednesday - 03/30/2011, 01:06pm EDT

Senate committee approves OMB, OSC nominees

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Tags: management , Heather Higginbottom , Carolyn Lerner , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , OMB , OSC , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:49pm EDT

Agencies still sharing after WikiLeaks

Fears that the leak of thousands of State Department memos to the website WikiLeaks would reverse progress on interagency sharing of national security information have not materialized, officials testified Thursday. Agencies have responded by recognizing the need to protect data rather than by hoarding it, they said.

Tags: DoD , Congress , technology , information sharing , State Department , Director of National Intelligence , James Clapper , Teri Takai , Corin Stone , Patrick Kennedy , WikiLeaks , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , identity management , secure identity cards , CACs , public key infrastructure , SIPRNet , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/11/2011, 07:19am EST
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White House should heed lessons of reorgs past

Nearly every President since Richard Nixon tried to revamp how the government works in one way or another, and few have found any real success. Experts say the focus should be getting Congressional buy-in first, and not promising cost savings. Four senior lawmakers ask OMB for more information on the status of the current restructuring effort.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , Moira Mack , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , OMB , White House , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , DHS , John Kamensky , Dwight Ink , Janet Hale , Thomas Reinhardt , Jim Locher , Beryl Radin , Robert Tobias , Scott Fosler , IBM , Deloitte , CSC , Project on National Security Reform , American University , NAPA , Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise , government reorganization , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 07:44am EST
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