The Naval Reactors Program failed to report spending of more than $10 million or adequately consider commercial off-the-shelf solutions when it improved its Enterprise Business System, says the Energy Department's office of inspector general. In a report (.pdf) dated Dec. 21, OIG says that the project team did not provide any formal analysis or justification for developing its own in-house EBS and that the project had not been reported to Energy or the Office of Management and Budget as a Major Information Technology Investment despite spending more than $10 million of its budget.
A federal acquisition community still brittle from past austerity measures faces the prospect of new cuts with inadequately trained new staff and a risk-averse culture that proscribes innovation, warns an analysis based on qualitative surveys of federal personnel.
The Office of Management and Budget is adding actual data and goals to its Performance.gov site to shine light on what progress has or hasn't happened in federal agency programs, but OMB cautions that the push for data and the website itself are still works in progress. Twenty-four agencies provided OMB with a list of their goals and related information.
In a letter (.pdf), Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, says the Budget Control Act allows Congress to approve supplemental appropriations for emergencies without bumping up against the discretionary spending caps the act established.
Federal agencies have new responsibilities to manage their acquisitions and rely more heavily on strategic sourcing solutions, says the Office of Management and Budget. In a Dec. 5 memo (.pdf), OMB Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients established guidelines that require strategic sourcing in each of the Chief Financial Officer Act agencies.
"What we have found is that the role of APIs is not a fad," said Gray Brooks, senior API strategist at the General Services Administration, during a Nov. 27 webinar hosted by DigitalGov University. "It is actually very much the way that significant portions of the Internet are doing business now."
The General Services Administration has closed an online storefront for software-as-a-service closely associated with former Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. The online store, apps.gov, was shut down "in an effort to provide streamlined customer service," GSA said in a statement, using language not dissimilar from its September 2009 announcement of the storefront's creation.
The Office of Management and Budget has considerably slowed down the pace of its TechStat reviews of agency information technology programs. OMB held only five TechStat meetings in 2011, and as of September, six in 2012, documents obtained by FierceGovernmentIT through a Freedom of Information Act request (.pdf) show.
The Office of Management and Budget plans to release a governmentwide open data policy in early 2013. While OMB is waiting on the results of projects led by the fellows, it's falling behind on a self-imposed deadline.
Despite federal efforts and administration goals, the lack of coordination between departments has led to duplicated geospatial data and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars, says the Government Accountability Office. OMB, says the GAO in a report, does not have a complete and reliable set of information to use to identify what investments truly are duplicated by the agencies.