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1:58 am, February 28, 2015

OMB News

How to unleash the full potential of GSA's Federal Supply Schedules

The full potential of the FSS program remains untapped, says Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. In a new commentary, he offers two key contracting reforms he believes will bring the program into the 21st century.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:24am EST

Will new Federal CIO Tony Scott make feds eat dog food?

Federal News Radio's Tom Temin asks if 'dogfooding' can help federal IT.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 02:32am EST

From scandal's aftermath to 18F, Tangherlini reflects on tenure at GSA

When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:10pm EST
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OMB pushing agencies to use single system for online transactions

The Office of Management and Budget is circulating a draft memo to CFOs to all-but-mandate the use of the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) run by the Treasury Department. Sources say agencies would have to justify to OMB why they wouldn't use the IPP. It's part of the administration's effort to push agencies toward more financial management shared services.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:06am EST

OMB warns of consequences if sequestration returns in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget tells Congress if it doesn't fix sequestration, discretionary spending across the government would drop by more than $90 billion.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 01:20pm EST

FITARA implementation listening tour

The Office of Management and Budget is getting kudos for its initial steps to implement the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA).

Monday - 02/16/2015, 05:11am EST

OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:46am EST
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Grant Schneider, Federal Cybersecurity Advisor, OMB

Agencies should expect a cybersecurity revival of sorts from the Office of Management and Budget this year. OMB is reasserting its cyber oversight role with a new group of experts. Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about what agencies should expect from his agency in the coming months.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Norm Lorentz, Former Chief Technology Officer, OMB

The nation's third federal chief information officer will inherit an agenda that builds off his predecessors. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, says incoming CIO Tony Scott will start working on legacy projects, like the administration's Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Norm Lorentz is former director of the global public sector practice at Grant Thornton, and the first chief technology officer of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he took an inside look at Tony Scott and the work that's ahead for him.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:19pm EST
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OMB unties a few of the travel, conference spending knots

A CFO Alert tells agencies the White House would listen to proposals to spend more money on travel and conferences in 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:49pm EST

White House names VMWare's Tony Scott as federal CIO

Tony Scott comes to government after spending his 35-year career in the private sector.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:21pm EST

Chenok: Agencies share 'common metrics' for cross-agency goals

The recent surge of cross-agency goals under the Obama Administration is leading to a new way to pay for them. The White House budget plan for 2016 asks Congress to let the Office of Management and Budget transfer money to help agencies with governmentwide goals. Dan Chenok is executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how ideas like these will ever come to pass if they're in a White House budget plan.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:58pm EST
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OMB seeks approval for agencies to ante up $15M for cross-agency goals

The White House proposed in its 2016 budget request to Congress that lawmakers approve the interagency transfer of money to pay for long-term progress against the 17 cross-agency objectives.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:53am EST

IT budget request rises to $86B, including $105M for digital services

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for additional funding to set up digital services offices in the 25 largest agencies and create idea labs to promote employee innovation.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:09am EST
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Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:12am EST
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Federal CTO Smith wants tech experts who speak the language

Megan Smith, the federal chief technology officer says agencies need employees with a high technical quotient to help build digital services. Four months into the job, Smith said digital services, policy and innovation, and STEM are her top priorities.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:54am EST
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Federal agencies open Monday with option of unscheduled leave or telework

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open Monday, but workers have the opportunity to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. A winter weather advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. Monday for most of the D.C. area.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 03:53am EST

Obama taps longtime aide to replace Podesta in senior role

President Barack Obama has chosen Brian Deese, a veteran White House aide and a deputy director in his budget office, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer, White House officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 09:10pm EST

FITARA implementation begins

The Chief Information Officer's Council held a meeting last week to discuss the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and ensure there is consistent implementation across the government.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:33pm EST

CIOs on the move: High rate of senior IT executive departures in 2014 cuts both ways

Federal News Radio has been tracking the turnover of CIOs and other senior level IT officials between November 2013 and October 2014. All combined, the 23 total CIOs or senior IT leaders that either left government or changed jobs within government had 96 years of experience and their average tenure was 4.2 years.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:59am EST
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