Federal agency budget officials say they would be a struggle to meet the Office of Management and Budget's guidance to propose a 10 percent from their fiscal 2015 budget submission, finds a Nov. 20 survey from the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis and Grant Thornton.
The House passed Nov. 19 the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), which requires federal agencies and departments to release more complete and higher-quality spending data. The bill also shifts oversight of federal spending transparency dashboard USASpending.gov from the Office of Management and Budget to the Treasury Department.
Agency cybersecurity practices should move beyond the three year cycle of system authorizations into a state of continuous monitoring of security control implementation by the end of fiscal 2017, says a Nov. 18 memo from the Office of Management and Budget.
A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.
The 16-day government shutdown in October cost the federal government about $2 billion in lost worker productivity, a Nov. 7 Office of Management and Budget. Federal employees were furloughed for a combined total of 6.6 million days, more than in any previous government shutdown. At its peak, about 850,000 individuals per day were furloughed, the report (.pdf) says.
The shutdown cost the federal government about $2 billion in lost worker productivity, Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell said in a Nov. 6 call to reporters.
Only one agency--the Education Department--has met all the requirements the Office of Management and Budget established for the PortfolioStat process, a Government Accountability Office report says.
When it comes to agency information technology management the Office of Management and Budget can mandate things--but that doesn't mean that the agencies will do them.
The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management issued joint guidance that establishes spending caps on federal employee bonuses, but doesn't ban them, regardless of whether sequestration continues. The guidance (.pdf) caps employee bonuses at no more than one percent of aggregate salary. Senior Executive Service member bonuses are capped at no more than five percent of aggregate salary. Budgetary limitations do not apply to political appointees. The OPM guidance from August 2010 cancelling all discretionary bonuses for political appointees continues to be in effect.
Efforts throughout government to cut the cost of federal data centers continue to grind along, with the General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency recently announcing separate progress. The Homeland Security Department also published a Sept. 30 request for information that said the department plans to transition from a data center model where it pays for data centers by the square foot to an "as-a-service" model where it pays for use.