Agencies governmentwide have reduced their real estate footprint by millions of square feet since President Obama issued a directive to restrict the growth of the federal footprint in 2013, says a March 25 Office of Management and Budget blog post. The 2013 directive was the first government-wide policy that required federal agencies to unload existing property before they could acquire new property.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.