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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Regulatory lookback gaining traction, says new OIRA head

"I am satisfied that they are taking it seriously, but I want to be careful with the word 'satisfied.' I'm very encouraged by the signs that I have seen," Howard Shelanski told the House Small Business Committee. Shelanski was confirmed as the new OIRA administrator on June 27, replacing Cass Sunstein.

VanRoekel: Risk status of projects on IT Dashboard unreliable

The risk status of information technology projects listed on the IT Dashboard isn't verified and shouldn't necessarily be trusted, acknowledged Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel during a July 25 House  hearing. "We don't in OMB, in my office, track the self-reported status as the key indicator of performance on investments. It's a fool's errand to track self-reported," he said.

House Appropriations moves to combine e-gov and Federal Citizen Services Fund

The House Appropriations Committee approved July 17 a spending bill for the coming fiscal year that would combine the e-government fund with the Federal Citizen Services Fund within the General Services Administration  to create a single "Information Engagement for Citizens Fund."

Senate Appropriations committee proposes $1.23B for Coast Guard acquisition

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee marked up July 16 a spending bill that would permit the Coast Guard to spend $1.23 billion on capital expenditures in the coming fiscal year--slightly greater than the $1.22 billion approved by the House, and substantially greater than the $951 million  proposed  by the White House.

Agencies lack incentives to save money through strategic sourcing, GAO says

Congress could promote strategic sourcing by setting goals in legislation that would hold agencies accountable for their use of it, Cristina Chaplain of the Government Accountability Office said July 15. Those who achieve savings might see their budgets cut the next year, Chaplain said.

Lawmakers call for PTO's exemption from sequestration

Sequestration should not cut off the Patent and Trademark Office from its fee revenue, a group of House members from California said in a letter to the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the agency's funding. That funding comes entirely from fees that companies and inventors pay for applications and processing, but the Office of Management and Budget determined that the PTO is subject to sequestration.

Obama annouces steps to revamp federal management

The White House is revamping agency management priorities to better focus on delivery of government services, cutting duplicative programs and expanding online government datasets, President Obama said in a July 8  speech. For delivering government services, Obama said he would institutionalize processes similar to how the Federal Emergency Management Agency mobilizes after a disaster.

Mid-session review shows GDP growth slower than expected, OMB says

n its mid-session economic review, President Obama expects the gross domestic product to rise less than had been expected in April when he released his proposed budget, but the deficit to be less than predicted, a July 8 Office of Management and Budget  report  (.pdf) says. OMB predicts the GDP will rise to 2 percent this year and 3.1 percent next year, which is less than the 2.3 percent and 3.2 percent forecast back in April, the report says.

Domestic partners not eligible for federal benefits despite Supreme Court decision

Same-sex domestic partners who work for the federal government will not be afforded the same benefits after the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act as those who are legally married, an Office of Management and Budget July 3 memo (.pdf) says. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn DOMA addressed the constitutionality of a statute that defined "marriage" and "spouse" for purposes of federal law, the memo says.

Treasury financial statements process leads to inaccurate reporting, GAO says

Problems with the way the Treasury Department processes consolidated financial statements could lead to inconsistent and inaccurate financial reporting, a June 28 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. During its fiscal 2012 audit, GAO found new internal control deficiencies in CFS processing including timely submission of audited line items, determining the effect of reclassifications of line items and ensuring that the budget statements included in the CFS were prepared in a reliable manner, the report says.