When developing fiscal 2015 budget requests, agencies should draw on existing program performance metrics to make resource allocation decisions and develop new ways for evaluating whether programs are effective, a July 26 Office of Management and Budget memo on budget submission guidance says.
"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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.