Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, outlined several initiatives underway now that would help agency IT contracting and acquisition officers better use shared services, become more innovative and strengthen relationships with vendors.
Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) introduced the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act, which would use private sector practices to create new program management standards.
Federal agencies are taking several steps to improve their customer service, including setting up an online Yelp-style review process for the government, according to a recent post on the General Services Administration's DigitalGov blog.
Locality pay for federal workers in 13 cities across the country will increase based on labor market conditions, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert told members of the American Federation of Government Employees in a meeting last week.
According to the Office of Management and Budget's most recent estimate – done in 2012 – the federal government spends approximately $1.2 billion yearly on about 1.5 million mobile devices and related wireless services.
Governmentwide initiatives launched by the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration are meant to extend well past 2016, said OMB Deputy Director Beth Cobert.
Despite new guidance on how agencies can meet the requirements prescribed by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, or DATA Act, many questions remain.
While the report said that most agencies are "fence sitters," there are those who are unwilling or hesitant to move to the cloud because these "box huggers...fear loss of control and getting blamed for failure."
On the first anniversary of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, the next phase of its implementation begins. The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department have issued 57 governmentwide standards for posting to USAspending.gov.
Federal agencies will need to trim their fiscal 2017 budget requests by 5 percent compared to their fiscal 2016 proposals, says a May 1 Office of Management and Budget memo.