Federal workers were slightly more engaged in their jobs this year than they were last year, and NASA remained one of the top agencies for job satisfaction, according to the Office of Personnel Management's 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
Agencies are reviewing contingency plans in case Congress can't come to a budget agreement and the government shuts down come Oct. 1, but the Office of Management and Budget says it hopes those plans aren't needed.
While a State Department plan for a diplomatic security training facility is expected to cost more than $140 million more than an alternative proposal, congressional investigators recently concluded that it was the better of the two options because it met four needed critical elements.
Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan released a memo Tuesday outlining ways agencies can better streamline and track the process for reviewing infrastructure projects, including bridges, transit and railways.
Of the 27 agencies that are required to submit reinvestment plans – including one-time and ongoing plans – to the Office of Management and Budget, only five had fully implemented such guidance while the remaining 22 agencies have partially implemented it.
To fix this in the long term, administration officials said Congress should permit spending on firefighting to be scored as an adjustment to discretionary spending caps during bad fire seasons, similar to other federal disaster responses.
An industry group that represents several hundred government contractors wrote senior Obama administration officials to say that recently issued draft guidance covering cybersecurity in federal acquisitions falls far short of improving meaningful protection.
The Office of Management and Budget is soliciting opinions on what can be done to better intellectual property enforcement, according to a Sept. 1 Federal Register notice.
The completion of the 57 data standards is designed to help agencies report financial information in a "clear and consistent" manner on USAspending.gov and improve transparency and accountability to the public.
"We may have created some work for people – especially the IGs and GAO – because [they] now have new numbers to report and new things to do when they go in and look at agencies," said Federal CIO Tony Scott.