Officials should impose a moratorium on 12 judiciary courthouse projects until they are evaluated under new rules to make sure it's fiscally responsible to pursue them, an April 11 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. Ten of the 12 courthouse construction projects do not qualify under project start rules, known as the Asset Management Plan, which requires courthouses to add a minmum of two courtrooms.
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.
Funding for Homeland Security Department information technology programs fare well under the continuing resolution (H.R. 933 [.pdf]) signed into law by President Barack Obama March 26. The law funds the government through the end of fiscal year 2013, and maintains $85 billion in automatic budget cuts under sequestration.
In the past year, GSA canceled 39 conferences, avoiding more than $10 million in associated costs, he said. "I'm worried, though, that we're going to lose a year of training," he added, because the agency canceled useful conferences where GSA employees would have gone to update their skills and knowledge.
The General Services Administration's System for Award Management may have exposed contractors' private information, according to a statement posted by GSA March 15. As a result of a security vulnerability, SAM users could have gained access to registration records containing vendors' proprietary information.
The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance last week clarifying how agencies can comply with a new rule prohibiting office and warehouse expansions--known as "Freeze the Footprint."
A revised draft of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) federal information technology reform bill would introduce governmentwide a new evaluation criteria for IT contracting proposals and backs away from some of the mandatory commodity IT frameworks Issa originally proposed.
Only 1.3 million square feet of the 2.4 million gross square feet of area at the J. Edgar Hoover headquarters building in Washington are usable, said Dorothy Robyn, commissioner of the GSA's Public Buildings Service. She spoke before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee subcommittee on economic development, public buildings and emergency management.
Unused federal courthouse space costs the government more than $51 million in maintenance and operations each year, finds the Government Accountability Office. The watchdog also reports that $835 million was spent from 2000 to 2010 to build unnecessary courthouse space.
After just a week of crowdsourcing, the Digital Services Innovation Center notes that agencies place "high importance on functionality, content and design elements of mobile user experience." The center will use feedback to craft more comprehensive guidelines and recommendations for mobile user experience.