Homeland Security Department officials confirmed May 7 that Richard Spires, the departmental chief information officer since August 2009, is no longer in that position. Spires went on leave March 15. No new permanent CIO has been appointed, officials said, adding that Deputy CIO Margie Graves will continue as acting CIO.
Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget plan to develop ways to streamline federal human resources policies and procedures including consolidating the way agencies measure employee performance, according to an OPM document.
Budget is the top concern among federal chief information officers in an annual survey from TechAmerica and Grant Thorton, published May 2. Based on interviews with 41 federal CIOs, report authors say federal information technology leaders are concerned about budget constraints caused by the continuing resolution and sequestration, and inadequate budget authorities that impact how much control they have over IT programs.
A new, independent agency would manage nuclear waste instead of the Energy Department under a bipartisan Senate bill, a draft of which was released April 25. The new agency, dubbed the Nuclear Waste Administration, would create a consent-based process to site nuclear waste facilities.
A bill introduced simultaneously in the House and Senate on April 22, would make the Office of Management and Budget set governmentwide customer service standards to improve response times for citizen requests and government services.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel envisions the fund building reference architectures, data collection models and other tools "to drive IT excellence forward." It will also fund a modest team to bring scientific rigor to program oversight, said VanRoekel.
The Federal CIO Council released April 16 a catalog of shared services in furtherance of the Office of Management and Budget policy of Shared First. The contents of the catalog, which are not classified, aren't public. The council also released an implementation guide (.pdf) that outlines steps agencies should undertake to implement shared services.
The amended 1985 Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act requires discretionary spending caps to be lowered by $91 billion in fiscal 2014 and the sequestration of $18 billion in direct spending, according to a letter (.pdf) to congress by Acting Official of Management and Budget Director Jeffrey Zients.These cuts assume sequestration will still be in effect for fiscal 2014.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel spoke with reporters April 10 about information technology aspects of the Obama administration's fiscal 2014 budget proposal, which it transmitted to Congress that day.
The Obama administration in its fiscal 2014 budget request proposes $20 million for the General Services Administration e-government fund and $14 million for a fund controlled by the federal chief information officer. Typically the Obama administration request significantly more for the e-gov fund, housed in the General Services Administration, than Congress appropriates. Taking into account inflation, the fiscal 2014 request of $20 million would be a 63 percent increase over the current year amount.