The Office of Management and Budget is a cabinet-rank office within the Executive Office of the President.  The OMB was organized by the Nixon administration from the previous Bureau of the Budget. Its main function is to assist the president in overseeing the formation of the budget and its implementation in government agencies. 
The management component of OMB oversees personnel, information technology, financial transactions and federal procurement policy-related actions. One of the offices within this side of the OMB is the Office of E-Government and Information Technology, which is headed by the appointed federal government's chief information officer. Click here for a complete organizational chart. Agency officials often elaborate on official memoranda and executive orders with posts to the OMB blog.

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OMB pushes continuous monitoring in cybersecurity memo

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.

White House balks at Senate committee-proposed security clearance reforms

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.

OMB: 6.6 million combined work days lost due to shutdown

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.

Audio: Shutdown cost government $2 billion in lost productivity, OMB director 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.

One agency has fulfilled PortfolioStat's requirements so far

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.

Agencies ignoring OMB requirement for more IT spending analysis

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.

OPM sets caps for fed bonuses

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.

Agencies move forward with data-center efficiency efforts

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.

Spotlight: Cobert confirmed as deputy OMB director

The Senate  confirmed  Beth Cobert Oct. 16 as the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

Government reopens, debt crisis averted

The Office of Management and Budget notified (.pdf) federal workers should return to work Thursday and begin the process of reopening offices. The bill (H.R. 2775) overwhelmingly passed the Senate 81-18 and the House. Every Democrat in both chambers voted for the bill. Just 87 Republican House members supported the bill.