Depending on where you stand, FedRAMP is a lot of things – a cloud certification process, a vetting tool for acquisition, but for agencies it could be a dependable line of defense against the next Heartbleed-like vulnerability.
Federal innovation must reach beyond individual agencies and work governmentwide, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert. "Despite what one normally reads, there are large numbers of people who are using innovative thinking to drive measureable impacts for their agencies," Cobert said at the May 12 Excellence in Government conference in Washington, D.C.
Reported federal information technology savings figures may sound impressive, but even the goals set out by the Office of Management and Budget are small, said David Powner, the Government Accountability Office's director of IT issues, during a recent Senate hearing.
Four agencies will take charge of creating financial management services to be used governmentwide, said the Office of Management and Budget in a May 2 blog post. The Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, Interior and Transportation will lead the administration's efforts to use shared services for future financial management systems across the government as part of President Obama's new management agenda, the post says.
Big data poses a serious risk to consumer privacy and challenges corporations to responsibly handle security –two issues that need prompt attention and policy development from the White House, recommends a May 1 report (pdf) from the White House on big data.
Bipartisan legislation designed to bring greater transparency, consistency and accuracy into federal government spending through the use of strong, uniform open data standards is headed to President Obama for his signature.
The number of federal security clearances issued and renewed dropped about 9 percent since 2011, an April 17 Office of the Director of National Intelligence report says. Security clearance approvals decreased in fiscal 2013 to about 777,000 from nearly 800,000 in fiscal 2012 and about 850,000 in fiscal 2011, the report (pdf) says.
The Office of Management and Budget are pushing forward with a modernized security clearance process plan that will include continuous evaluation of federal employees and contracts after they've gained security clearance, said OMB Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert.
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act took another step toward enactment into law after the Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday. After it passed, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a statement in support of the Senate version, calling it a compromise supported by leaders from both parties in both chambers.
The Office of Management and Budget needs a funding bump in fiscal 2015 because of increased responsibility and low staffing levels, OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell told House appropriators Wednesday. President Obama requested $93.5 million for OMB – a 4.5 percent increase over fiscal 2014 enacted – as well as the addition of 10 new full time employees.