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OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

OMB to require agencies to measure risk at the enterprise level

The Office of Management and Budget to release a memo or guidance in the second quarter of 2015 to set governmentwide expectations for how agencies will manage risk. Controller David Mader said lessons from implementing Circulars A-123 and A-11 could be expanded into agency mission areas.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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Schneider leaves a legacy of change at DIA

Grant Schneider was the chief information officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency for seven years before leaving for a two-year detail at OMB earlier this month. Schneider said DIA relies less on contractors and is knee deep in shared services.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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OMB sets metrics for email, grants management

Over the last two weeks, the Office of Management and Budget gave agencies new guidance around managing email and improving the administrative management of federal financial assistance. Neither memo is earth shattering, but they do give agencies specific goals and deadlines. This story is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:19am EDT

Shared services governance under development

Treasury and OMB are trying to set some baseline expectations for financial management shared services as the initiative ramps up. This story is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:15am EDT

CIOs on the move at DIA, ICE, and RAT Board

The Office of Management and Budget's Office of E-Government and IT is getting a much-appreciated shot in the arm of people and brain power after the recent exodus of several long-time executives and policy folks. Grant Schneider, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief information officer, will be joining the office on a two-year detail to work on cybersecurity issues. CIOs at other agencies are on the move as well, Jason Miller reports in his Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:05am EDT

OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT

Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight

OMB and Treasury are creating a roadmap on how to move forward with DATA Act implementation over the next 12 to 36 months. Meanwhile, congressional and executive branch auditors are part of the oversight process from the beginning.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:03am EDT

VanRoekel's legacy as CIO highlighted by digital services, PortfolioStat

Steve VanRoekel's decision to move out of the federal chief information officer's role and to a more operational role at the U.S. Agency for International Development last week caught most by surprise. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:25am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: VanRoekel legacy highlighted by digital services; more openings at OMB

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Former CIO Steve VanRoekel's legacy is highlighted by digital services and PortfolioStat, and lawmakers want assurances from GSA on AbilityOne compliance.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:09am EDT

More openings at OMB than just VanRoekel

Steve VanRoekel isn't the only one leaving the E-Government office.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 06:23pm EDT

The OMB perspective on federal information technology

How are federal agencies delivering smarter information technology (IT) services? What are agencies doing to deliver value in federal IT investments? How are agencies using data-driven reviews to enhance IT performance? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Steve VanRoekel, Federal CIO & Administrator for E-Gov, Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:30pm EDT

Federal CIO VanRoekel leaving post for new role at USAID

VanRoekel will advise the agency's senior leadership on using technology and data to help coordinate the government's response to the crisis. This is his second stint at USAID. Lisa Schlosser will be the interim federal CIO.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:01am EDT

OMB turns to the people-solution to fix troubled IT programs

As part of President Barack Obama's second term management agenda, agencies are testing new hiring authorities for technology experts and an industry-government exchange program. The Office of Management and Budget also worked with agencies to benchmark the cost effectiveness of back-office functions.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 03:41am EDT
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Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Hanscom Air Force Base

The Office of Management and Budget has a new reading list on innovative contracting. Tom Kalil of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Lesley Field of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy write about the release of the first version of Innovative Contracting Case Studies. One of them is a book called FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation. Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward is author of the book. He shared some of the details on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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OMB to Congress: Fix 2015 budget to avoid return of limited sequester

The White House sends its annual report to Congress outlining the cuts to discretionary spending next year. DoD, Energy and the FBI would face an extra $34 million cut to reach Budget Control Act cap levels if the Senate's spending bills become law.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:58pm EDT

Additional tools are good, but contracting officers need OFPP cover

As part of its effort to bring innovation into the federal procurement process, especially around technology, the White House added another tool to the toolbox to help change the federal culture. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature. Read more from this edition of Jason's Notebook.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:58am EDT

Aneesh Chopra, Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics

The debut of the US Digital Service in the Office of Management and Budget is supposed to push innovation and best practices across Federal agencies. But the announcement about the Digital Service makes some contractors nervous, similar to the rollout of 18F at the General Services Administration. Aneesh Chopra is co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, and former federal chief technology officer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said vendors selling in the government market shouldn't worry about their bottom lines.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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