The Office of Management and Budget is a cabinet-rank office within the Executive Office of the President.  The OMB was organized by the Nixon administration from the previous Bureau of the Budget. Its main function is to assist the president in overseeing the formation of the budget and its implementation in government agencies. 
The management component of OMB oversees personnel, information technology, financial transactions and federal procurement policy-related actions. One of the offices within this side of the OMB is the Office of E-Government and Information Technology, which is headed by the appointed federal government's chief information officer. Click here for a complete organizational chart. Agency officials often elaborate on official memoranda and executive orders with posts to the OMB blog.

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Savings from data center consolidation unclear, likely minimal so far

Savings so far from federal data center consolidation are difficult to estimate for their lack of reporting, but are "believed to be minimal" as of last November--nearly 3 years after the Office of Management and Budget launched an initiative to reduce the number of federal data centers by 40 percent--says the GAO.

Nominee for OMB deputy director emphasizes quality workforce

OMB has a reputation for having "excellent professional staff," Brian Deese said. "It's also facing a lot of challenges today, and so I think that investing in making sure that the institution is able to continue to attract and recruit top-flight talent" will be key, he said.

White House releases open data policy

Under the new policy, agencies must build and modernize information systems in a way that "maximizes interoperability and information accessibility, maintains internal and external data asset inventories, enhances information safeguards, and clarifies information management responsibilities," says the memo.

Spires out as DHS CIO

Homeland Security Department officials confirmed May 7 that Richard Spires, the departmental chief information officer since August 2009, is no longer in that position. Spires went on leave March 15. No new permanent CIO has been appointed, officials said, adding that Deputy CIO Margie Graves will continue as acting CIO.

OPM and OMB plan to streamline federal HR management

Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget plan to develop ways to streamline federal human resources policies and procedures including consolidating the way agencies measure employee performance, according to an OPM document.

Budget tops list of concerns in annual CIO survey

Budget is the top concern among federal chief information officers in an annual survey from TechAmerica and Grant Thorton, published May 2. Based on interviews with 41 federal CIOs, report authors say federal information technology leaders are concerned about budget constraints caused by the continuing resolution and sequestration, and inadequate budget authorities that impact how much control they have over IT programs.

Senators propose independent Nuclear Waste Administration

A new, independent agency would manage nuclear waste instead of the Energy Department under a bipartisan Senate bill, a draft of which was released April 25. The new agency, dubbed the Nuclear Waste Administration, would create a consent-based process to site nuclear waste facilities.

Senate bill calls for governmentwide customer service standards and OMB oversight

A bill introduced simultaneously in the House and Senate on April 22, would make the Office of Management and Budget set governmentwide customer service standards to improve response times for citizen requests and government services.

VanRoekel: Fiscal 2014 request includes data-driven innovation fund

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel envisions the fund building reference architectures, data collection models and other tools "to drive IT excellence forward." It will also fund a modest team to bring scientific rigor to program oversight, said VanRoekel.

Shared First gets a catalog and an implementation guide

The Federal CIO Council released April 16 a catalog of shared services in furtherance of the Office of Management and Budget policy of  Shared First.  The contents of the catalog, which are not classified, aren't public. The council also released an implementation  guide  (.pdf) that outlines steps agencies should undertake to implement shared services.