The new guidance, issued as Appendix D to Circular No. A-123, will eliminate what an OMB memo (.pdf) calls the "lengthy and resource-intensive" test and certification process for financial system software. Agencies will also no longer need to meet all financial management system requirements through one technology product.
Since USASpending.gov's launch 6 years ago, the quality of financial data reported by agencies has worsened, said Tom Lee, director of the Sunlight Foundation's Sunlight Labs. "According to USASpending.gov the United States spent zero dollars on Medicare insurance and zero dollars on Medicare prescription drugs in 2011, 2012 and 2013," Lee told a Senate Committee.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently published an update to its electronic authentication guidance published in 2011 with a focus on remote authentication of individuals over an open network.
Agencies should prepare for a government shutdown by updating what programs would be exempt from a shutdown and which employees would be necessary for the agency's continued performance of those programs, a Sept. 17 Office of Management and Budget memo says. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged Wednesday to attach an amendment to the continuing resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act.
The way that the Internal Revenue Service estimates the difference between taxes owed and taxes voluntarily paid on time has a number of flaws, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says.
The Government Accountability Office is concerned that the Government Accountability and Transparency Board is hamstrung because it has no dedicated funding, no role in actual policy implementation and has not developed mechanisms for obtaining input from non-federal fund recipients.
The White House announced Sept. 10 that it will nominate Beth Cobert as the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.
The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance in a Sept 6 memo against fraudulent charge card use and governmentwide penalties for it that include dismissal.
Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joseph Jordan tasked the Federal Acquisition Institute to standardize procurement training and offer a one-stop shop for procurement employee information and reporting through FAI's Training Application System, a Sept. 3 OFPP memo says (.pdf). All civilian agencies must use FAITAS as their training registration system for agency-provided acquisition training "as soon as possible, but no later than Oct. 1, 2014," the memo says.
Modular and Agile development appear to have much in common, but they aren't synonymous. A modular project need not adopt Agile for the software component. In partnership with Chantilly, Va.-based Market Connections, we surveyed federal employees on agencies' adoption of modular project management.