An Iowa lawmaker introduced a bill July 16 that seeks to set clear, measurable goals for government performance and evaluate bureaucratic systems on a continuing basis. The bill (H.R.5064), sponsored by Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), builds on the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, which set performance goals for agencies on a quarterly basis.
Federal workers who give top-notch customer service could get performance awards in the future, according to a June 30 Office of Management and Budget update of cross-agency goals. The award structure is slated to be completed by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and expected to launch by the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the update says.
The White House set out 15 cross-agency goals back in March and now the Office of Personnel Management has laid out plans for how agency can achieve them. "As part of the Administration's effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal government, agencies have been setting clear, measurable goals to drive better outcomes for the American people," OMB Deputy Director Beth Cobert said in a June 26 blog post.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee June 25 advanced legislation that would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight, modernize the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and clarify the Homeland Security Department's role in federal cybersecurity efforts.
The Office of Management and Budget Wednesday identified 74 agency reports that could be eliminated to reduce agencies' workload and save money. Those 74 reports come after OMB identified 35 reports to be eliminated back in 2012. But Congress has to act to actually eliminate the reports
The Treasury Department doesn't employ sufficient accounting policies to know whether an agency's consolidated financial statement is accurate, a June 19 Government Accountability report says. Accounting policies summarize the accounting principles that an agency's management has decided are appropriate for fairly presenting the agency's assets, liabilities, net cost of operations and changes in net position, the report says.
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which passed in the House May 22 as part of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4435), received a subtle endorsement from Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel on June 19.
The Office of Management and Budget isn't doing enough to assess cross agency priority goals, a June 10 Government Accountability Office report says. The GPRA Modernization Act requires OMB to coordinate with agencies to develop the CAP goals with annual or quarterly targets and report progress on Performance.gov.
President Obama's pick to head up the Office of Management and Budget told a Senate panel Wednesday he'd focus on cutting back government expenses to help fund other priorities like education. Shaun Donovan, who most recently led the Housing and Urban Development Department, said he'd use analytics and metrics to measure program performance and consolidate or eliminate those programs that don't work.
In a November 2013 memorandum, the Office and Management and Budget told agencies they could abandon a security reauthorization process required every three years in favor of ongoing authorization of information systems. Now, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is advising agencies on how exactly to make that transition.