The Office of Management and Budget is a cabinet-rank office within the Executive Office of the President.  The OMB was organized by the Nixon administration from the previous Bureau of the Budget. Its main function is to assist the president in overseeing the formation of the budget and its implementation in government agencies. 
The management component of OMB oversees personnel, information technology, financial transactions and federal procurement policy-related actions. One of the offices within this side of the OMB is the Office of E-Government and Information Technology, which is headed by the appointed federal government's chief information officer. Click here for a complete organizational chart. Agency officials often elaborate on official memoranda and executive orders with posts to the OMB blog.

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Federal CIO Council wins award for worst open government performance – again

The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."

Improper payments increase after three years of declines

After several years of declining improper payments, federal agencies saw a $19 billion increase, according to testimony at a March 16 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.

OMB: Obama budget request would significantly reduce federal debt and deficit

Since President Obama took office in 2005, deficits as a share of the economy have fallen by about two thirds and projected deficits and debt have also fallen substantially, according to a March 11 blog post from Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan.

Rung: OFPP making progress in overhauling acquisition platforms and vendor relations

In the last three months, the Office of Management and Budget says it has made progress in overhauling the federal government's acquisition system. OMB has built stronger vendor relationships and started implementing streamlined acquisition categories, says Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Anne Rung in a March 6 blog post.

Nuclear safety agency does poor job securing its networks, data, says FISMA report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency tasked with ensuring the safety of the nation's nuclear power plants, is doing a poor job of securing its own networks and data. That was one of the many findings of the latest Federal Information Security Management Act report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget.

Helping communities deal with climate change is major focus in '16 budget, says OMB official

The White House is increasing investments to help communities improve their preparedeness and resilience to the effects of climate change in the proposed fiscal 2016 budget.

OMB: Resuming sequestration will hamper federal agencies from doing their jobs effectively

If Congress doesn't repeal sequestration budget cuts for fiscal 2016, the government won't have the resources to do its job effectively, says OMB. Governmentwide budget cuts will force agencies to reduce their discretionary spending by nearly $91 billion, collectively.

NRC IG: Process for public to seek corrections to agency information ineffective, inefficient

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not have a good process in place that allows the public to seek corrections to agency information or to access previously submitted correction requests, according to a recent audit by the inspector general.

GAO adds IT acquisitions and management as one of two new high-risk areas; list now at 32

The Government Accountability Office has designated information technology acquisitions and operations management as one of two new high-risk areas to a list that the agency has maintained on federal operations since 1990.  

OMB says agencies can request more money for mission critical travel and conferences

Agencies can propose extra spending for travel and conferences that aren't in their current budget, says the Office of Management and Budget in newly released guidance.