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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Agency cybersecurity criticized in Senate report

Basic cybersecurity measures such as patching, anti-virus software updates and password management are insufficient at federal agencies, leaving government networks vulnerable to even non-sophisticated cyber intrusions, finds a Feb. 4 report.

Mixed year for e-gov and White House technology funds

Under the omnibus spending act (H.R. 3547) that funds federal agencies through this fiscal year, the e-government fund administered by the General Services Administration at the behest of the Office of Management and Budget has $16 million in appropriations. The Office of Management and Budget itself will have $10 million for its Integrated, Efficient, and Effective Uses of Information Technology fund.

Integrate cybersecurity with federal cloud computing adoption, says Karen Evans

A paper co-authored by a former government executive who occupied the position now known as the federal chief information officer recommends greater integration of cybersecurity efforts with federal cloud adoption.

Strategic sourcing for management support services delayed at DOT

A plan to reduce costly services contracts at the Transportation Department has been delayed, a Jan. 15 report from the DOT office of inspector general says. The Office of Management and Budget began a governmentwide initiative (.pdf) in November 2011 to cut spending on management support services – including program management and acquisition planning – which cost the federal government about $40 billion annually.

Transparency diminishes when DOE says supercomputers aren't IT, says GAO

Lack of a consistent definition of what constitutes "information technology" spending across the federal government continues to hamper oversight efforts, finds the Government Accountability Office. For example, in the most recent budget cycle, Energy officials decided that supercomputer projects no longer constitute an IT project, the GAO says, despite adding up to $368 million and accounting for nearly a quarter of departmental IT spending in fiscal 2012.

Federal agencies have restrained conference spending, agency officials say

Agencies restrained spending on conferences and are using alternatives such as video conferencing to reduce costs, agency managers told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

OFPP updates guidelines for using value engineering

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has updated guidance for the use of "value engineering," a way contractors can present agencies with cheaper production in return for monetary incentives.

Spotlight: Feds reduce improper payment rate in fiscal 2013

Federal improper payments declined to about 3.5 percent of all payments made by the government in fiscal 2013, a Dec. 20 Office of Management and Budget blog post says. In fiscal 2012 the rate was about 3.75 percent, OMB says and back in fiscal 2009 the rate came in at 5.4 percent.

OMB streamlines grants management and oversight

The Office of Management and Budget issued Dec. 26 final guidance meant  to streamline management and oversight of federal grants. 

Thousands of reverse auctions had just one bid or bidder

Four agencies paid millions of dollars in fees in fiscal 2012 to hold reverse auctions that saw just a single bid or included only one bidder. The Government Accountability Office reviewed the experiences of the departments of Homeland Security, the Interior, Veterans Affairs and the Army, which held a total of 19,688 reverse auctions in fiscal 2012.