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 says agencies should stop buying their own core financial management systems in favor of federal or commercial shared service providers, with changes in OMB policy to codify that requirement to come. "Agency-specific approaches are discouraged," the memo adds, stating approval for them will be reserved for when an agency can demonstrate "exceptional circumstance."
The bill (H.R. 1163), which would need approval by the full House and the Senate before it could become law, would amend the Federal Information Security Management Act. The House approved the same legislation in April 2012 but the Senate did not advance it beyond committee.
A March 12 notice from the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs says the rule underwent an unspecified change that the OIRA considers to be consistent with the regulatory intent.
The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance last week clarifying how agencies can comply with a new rule prohibiting office and warehouse expansions--known as "Freeze the Footprint."
Cybersecurity at the 24 largest federal agencies was roughly the same in measured quality during fiscal 2012 as the year before, according to a newly released annual report on agency compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act.
The update, posted by the Office of Management and Budget March 12 on performance.gov, shows mixed results in those cross-agency goals and provides information on 103 agency-specific priority goals.
According to Office of Management and Budget, the Small Business Administration is set to lose more than $92 million in funding, roughly $69 million of which goes to fund disaster loans and business loans, under the sequestration that came into force March 1.
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.
Two Commerce Department agencies heavily involved in federal information technology effort will have $49 million deducted from their budgets over the remainder of the fiscal year due to sequestration. In a Feb. 8 letter (.pdf), Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank said sequestration cuts at NIST "would largely fall on grants, contracts, equipment procurements, deferment of open positions, and cuts in the repair and maintenance of NIST facilities."