The amended 1985 Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act requires discretionary spending caps to be lowered by $91 billion in fiscal 2014 and the sequestration of $18 billion in direct spending, according to a letter (.pdf) to congress by Acting Official of Management and Budget Director Jeffrey Zients.These cuts assume sequestration will still be in effect for fiscal 2014.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel spoke with reporters April 10 about information technology aspects of the Obama administration's fiscal 2014 budget proposal, which it transmitted to Congress that day.
The Obama administration in its fiscal 2014 budget request proposes $20 million for the General Services Administration e-government fund and $14 million for a fund controlled by the federal chief information officer. Typically the Obama administration request significantly more for the e-gov fund, housed in the General Services Administration, than Congress appropriates. Taking into account inflation, the fiscal 2014 request of $20 million would be a 63 percent increase over the current year amount.
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 Obama's nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget stressed the need to reduce the deficit and increase efficiency during her April 9 confirmation hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.Sylvia Mathew Burwell, who currently heads up the Walmart Foundation and was previously president of Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, garnered promises of support from Senators of both sides of the aisle.
Agencies should generally use any available flexibility to reduce operational risks and minimize impacts from sequestration on the agency's core mission, Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel said in a memo (.pdf) to agency heads Thursday.
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 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.