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OMB to issue FITARA implementation guidance

The Office of Management and Budget plans to issue formal guidance to agencies on implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, which passed in December as part of the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.

Agencies reduce federal real estate footprint by millions of square feet

Agencies governmentwide have reduced their real estate footprint by millions of square feet since President Obama issued a directive to restrict the growth of the federal footprint in 2013, says a March 25 Office of Management and Budget blog post. The 2013 directive was the first government-wide policy that required federal agencies to unload existing property before they could acquire new property.

Federal CIO Council wins award for worst open government performance – again

The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."

Improper payments increase after three years of declines

After several years of declining improper payments, federal agencies saw a $19 billion increase, according to testimony at a March 16 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.

OMB: Obama budget request would significantly reduce federal debt and deficit

Since President Obama took office in 2005, deficits as a share of the economy have fallen by about two thirds and projected deficits and debt have also fallen substantially, according to a March 11 blog post from Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan.

Rung: OFPP making progress in overhauling acquisition platforms and vendor relations

In the last three months, the Office of Management and Budget says it has made progress in overhauling the federal government's acquisition system. OMB has built stronger vendor relationships and started implementing streamlined acquisition categories, says Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Anne Rung in a March 6 blog post.

Nuclear safety agency does poor job securing its networks, data, says FISMA report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency tasked with ensuring the safety of the nation's nuclear power plants, is doing a poor job of securing its own networks and data. That was one of the many findings of the latest Federal Information Security Management Act report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget.

Helping communities deal with climate change is major focus in '16 budget, says OMB official

The White House is increasing investments to help communities improve their preparedeness and resilience to the effects of climate change in the proposed fiscal 2016 budget.

OMB: Resuming sequestration will hamper federal agencies from doing their jobs effectively

If Congress doesn't repeal sequestration budget cuts for fiscal 2016, the government won't have the resources to do its job effectively, says OMB. Governmentwide budget cuts will force agencies to reduce their discretionary spending by nearly $91 billion, collectively.

NRC IG: Process for public to seek corrections to agency information ineffective, inefficient

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not have a good process in place that allows the public to seek corrections to agency information or to access previously submitted correction requests, according to a recent audit by the inspector general.