The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to have greater transparency into contractors' past performance before they sign on the dotted line. "We are a couple of weeks from issuing additional guidance that broadens the sources of past performance information," said Lesley Field, acting administrator of OMB's Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
Across the board, major federal agencies are not consistently responding to cyber incidents, such as computer network breaches. About 65 percent of the time agencies aren't completely documenting actions taken in response to detected incidents, concludes the Government Accountability Office.
The lack of Office of Management and Budget guidance on managing software licenses drew criticism from the Government Accountability Office in a recent report, but OMB says it has done enough.
The head of Housing and Urban Development is set to be nominated to take over the top spot at the Office of Management and Budget, the New York Times reported Friday. President Obama will nominate HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to take the place of current OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was recently nominated to take over the Health and Human Services Department and will likely gain Senate confirmation, a May 17 article says.
It's unrealistic for agencies working on major information technology projects to produce functional parts of those projects every six months, as required by the Office of Management and Budget, says a report from the Government Accountability Office.
Depending on where you stand, FedRAMP is a lot of things – a cloud certification process, a vetting tool for acquisition, but for agencies it could be a dependable line of defense against the next Heartbleed-like vulnerability.
Federal innovation must reach beyond individual agencies and work governmentwide, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert. "Despite what one normally reads, there are large numbers of people who are using innovative thinking to drive measureable impacts for their agencies," Cobert said at the May 12 Excellence in Government conference in Washington, D.C.
Reported federal information technology savings figures may sound impressive, but even the goals set out by the Office of Management and Budget are small, said David Powner, the Government Accountability Office's director of IT issues, during a recent Senate hearing.
Four agencies will take charge of creating financial management services to be used governmentwide, said the Office of Management and Budget in a May 2 blog post. The Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, Interior and Transportation will lead the administration's efforts to use shared services for future financial management systems across the government as part of President Obama's new management agenda, the post says.
Big data poses a serious risk to consumer privacy and challenges corporations to responsibly handle security –two issues that need prompt attention and policy development from the White House, recommends a May 1 report (pdf) from the White House on big data.