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OMB: Top-notch federal customer service could lead to performance awards

Federal workers who give top-notch customer service could get performance awards in the future, according to a June 30 Office of Management and Budget update of cross-agency goals. The award structure is slated to be completed by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and expected to launch by the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the update says.

OMB lays out agency goals and ways to achieve them

The White House set out 15 cross-agency goals back in March and now the Office of Personnel Management has laid out plans for how agency can achieve them. "As part of the Administration's effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal government, agencies have been setting clear, measurable goals to drive better outcomes for the American people," OMB Deputy Director Beth Cobert said in a June 26 blog  post.

FITARA, FISMA reform and DHS cyber authority bills advance from Senate committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee June 25  advanced  legislation that would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight, modernize the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and clarify the Homeland Security Department's role in federal cybersecurity efforts.

OMB proposes eliminating 74 agency reports

The Office of Management and Budget Wednesday identified 74 agency reports that could be eliminated to reduce agencies' workload and save money. Those 74 reports come after OMB identified 35 reports to be eliminated back in 2012. But Congress has to act to actually eliminate the reports

GAO: Treasury's accounting policies for agency financial statements aren't sufficient

The Treasury Department doesn't employ sufficient accounting policies to know whether an agency's consolidated financial statement is accurate, a June 19 Government Accountability report says. Accounting policies summarize the accounting principles that an agency's management has decided are appropriate for fairly presenting the agency's assets, liabilities, net cost of operations and changes in net position, the  report  says.

VanRoekel: FITARA has 'the right themes', but more comprehensive approach needed

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which  passed in the House  May 22 as part of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4435), received a subtle endorsement from Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel on June 19.

GAO: OMB doesn't always properly track cross-agency goals

The Office of Management and Budget isn't doing enough to assess cross agency priority goals, a June 10 Government Accountability Office report says. The GPRA Modernization Act requires OMB to coordinate with agencies to develop the CAP goals with annual or quarterly targets and report progress on Performance.gov.

Donovan promises to cut floundering programs

President Obama's pick to head up the Office of Management and Budget told a Senate panel Wednesday he'd focus on cutting back government expenses to help fund other priorities like education. Shaun Donovan, who most recently led the Housing and Urban Development Department, said he'd use analytics and metrics to measure program performance and consolidate or eliminate those programs that don't work.

NIST guidance helps agencies break from static IT system reauthorization cycle

In a November 2013 memorandum, the Office and Management and Budget told agencies they could abandon a security reauthorization process required every three years in favor of ongoing authorization of information systems. Now, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is advising agencies on how exactly to make that transition.

OFPP to issue contractor past performance guidance this summer, says OMB official

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.