The Government Accountability Office is concerned that the Government Accountability and Transparency Board is hamstrung because it has no dedicated funding, no role in actual policy implementation and has not developed mechanisms for obtaining input from non-federal fund recipients.
The White House announced Sept. 10 that it will nominate Beth Cobert as the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.
The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance in a Sept 6 memo against fraudulent charge card use and governmentwide penalties for it that include dismissal.
Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joseph Jordan tasked the Federal Acquisition Institute to standardize procurement training and offer a one-stop shop for procurement employee information and reporting through FAI's Training Application System, a Sept. 3 OFPP memo says (.pdf). All civilian agencies must use FAITAS as their training registration system for agency-provided acquisition training "as soon as possible, but no later than Oct. 1, 2014," the memo says.
Modular and Agile development appear to have much in common, but they aren't synonymous. A modular project need not adopt Agile for the software component. In partnership with Chantilly, Va.-based Market Connections, we surveyed federal employees on agencies' adoption of modular project management.
The Office of Management and Budget provided guidance to agencies on how to deal with the Do Not Pay list of government contractors ineligible for work because of past fraud while still adhering to privacy laws, an Aug. 16 memo (.pdf) from OMB Director Sylvia Burwell says. Burwell set out the procedure for using the list, where agencies can access information about the eligibility of contractors.
The Obama administration's reform plan and contracting guidelines support agency adoption of a modular approach. However, modular contracting has been the preferred contracting method for major IT projects since 1996. In partnership with Chantilly, Va.-based research firm Market Connections, we asked federal IT managers about their agencies' adoption of modular approaches to major systems in light of the OMB reform plan.
The Government Customer Service Improvement Act (H.R. 1660), which passed by a voice vote, would task the Office of Management and Budget with setting targets for the time taken to respond to email and telephone calls as well as to process benefits and payments. The bill also calls for OMB to guide agencies on how to effectively publish customer service contact information.
The Senate Appropriations mark of the fiscal 2014 spending bill for general government funding includes the full request for the e-Government Fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund. Appropriators routinely fund the e-gov fund at less than the authorized ceiling or the White House request, although whether that's necessarily a sign of lack of commitment to e-gov projects is a matter of debate.
Identifying who belongs to the federal grant workforce is not straightforward, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. Some agencies use grant management specialists in tandem with subject-matter experts to oversee grants, while others use subject-matter experts only.