The Office of Management and Budget said Oct. 3 that new guidelines issued to federal civilian agencies will improve the government's information security posture.
Federal agencies report more than $3.3 billion in total planned savings since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative launched four years ago, but the program hasn't produced impressive savings for every agency.
Twenty-one federal agencies said they plan to fully address the more than 100 recommendations made in a previous congressional report on the need for better managing software licenses, the Government Accountability Office said.
The government has made progress in bettering oversight of the security clearance process in the year since Aaron Alexis killed 12 people in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, says Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert in a Sept. 16 blog post. Cobert, who also heads up the interagency task force reviewing the current security clearance process, says the pilot initiatives launched since the shooting have been shown to be effective and will be expanded to the most sensitive security clearance holders in fiscal 2016.
In his first speech as head of the Office of Management and Budget, Director Shaun Donovan said denying climate change will cost the government billions of dollars. "The failure to invest in climate solutions and climate preparedness doesn't get you membership in a Fiscal Conservatives' Caucus – it makes you a member of the Flat Earth Society," Donovan said in a Sept. 19 speech at the Center for American Progress. "The costs of climate change add up and ignoring the problem only makes it worse."
"Improving services in government requires better coordination and integration across traditional organizational boundaries," says the Partnership for Public Service. "Citizens interacting with government should not have to understand and navigate a complex hierarchy of departments, agencies and offices to receive benefits or services."
An internal investigation found that the U.S. Postal Service's cloud computing contracts did not comply with all of the agency's standards.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Sept. 4 named four new state and local officials and experts and reappointed one to the congressionally mandated board overseeing the development of a high-speed, nationwide wireless network for public safety agencies.
Poor planning, budget limitations, increased apprehensions and lack of communication with Homeland Security leaders and the White House led Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release more than 2,000 immigration detainees--including some criminals--in early 2013, the department's watchdog found.
The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't always provide clear information about its cost-benefit analyses underlying its regulatory decisions, the investigative arm of Congress said in a recent report.