Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will serve as the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management.
President Obama sent to Congress Wednesday a $3.77 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2014, a total amounting to about $14 million less than estimated fiscal 2013 spending. When accounting for White House-projected inflation, that proposed topline is 0.37 below current year spending.
President Barack Obama nominated Brian Deese as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget Monday, according to a White House press release . Obama tapped Sylvia Burwell for the top spot at OMB on March 4. The confirmation process is expected to go smoothly, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said at a March 19 press briefing .
New guidance, in the form of a memo (.pdf) signed by OMB Director Jeff Zients and Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel, combines PortfolioStat and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative into a single, streamlined reporting mechanism. As part of this approach, FDCCI success won't be measured by closures, says the memo.
The Office of Management and Budget has outlined the budget cuts that must be applied to the federal government under sequestration, but there is no political consensus on their economic impact. "According to analysis by outside experts, sequestration would reduce real GDP growth for 2013 by 0.5 to 0.7 percentage points were it to continue for the rest of the calendar year," says the White House.
The federal government could get a better value for purchased goods and services by increasing its use strategic sourcing and sharing related data, says Joe Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Eventually, said Jordan, strategic sourcing could be used for $150 billion of the more than $500 billion the government annually spends on goods and services.
While original scoring of the fiscal cliff compromise estimated the bill would add $3.97 trillion to the national deficit over 10 years, the White House says it actually will reduce deficits by $737 billion when the score is based on a more appropriate method.
Federal agencies have new responsibilities to manage their acquisitions and rely more heavily on strategic sourcing solutions, says the Office of Management and Budget. In a Dec. 5 memo (.pdf), OMB Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients established guidelines that require strategic sourcing in each of the Chief Financial Officer Act agencies .
The Office of Management and Budget says it has caused $2.5 billion of savings and cost avoidances over a 3-year period through an oversight mechanism dubbed PortfolioStat.
The Office of Management and Budget says agencies no longer need to conduct a security reauthorization every 3 years or when an information system has undergone what it considers a significant change under OMB Circular A-130 . Agencies' continuous monitoring programs fulfill the security reauthorization requirement, making a separate reauthorization process unnecessary, according to an Oct. 2 OMB memo.