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.
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.
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.
Across the board, major federal agencies are not consistently responding to cyber incidents, such as computer network breaches. About 65 percent of the time agencies aren't completely documenting actions taken in response to detected incidents, concludes the Government Accountability Office.
The lack of Office of Management and Budget guidance on managing software licenses drew criticism from the Government Accountability Office in a recent report, but OMB says it has done enough.
The head of Housing and Urban Development is set to be nominated to take over the top spot at the Office of Management and Budget, the New York Times reported Friday. President Obama will nominate HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to take the place of current OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was recently nominated to take over the Health and Human Services Department and will likely gain Senate confirmation, a May 17 article says.
It's unrealistic for agencies working on major information technology projects to produce functional parts of those projects every six months, as required by the Office of Management and Budget, says a report from the Government Accountability Office.
Depending on where you stand, FedRAMP is a lot of things – a cloud certification process, a vetting tool for acquisition, but for agencies it could be a dependable line of defense against the next Heartbleed-like vulnerability.
Federal innovation must reach beyond individual agencies and work governmentwide, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert. "Despite what one normally reads, there are large numbers of people who are using innovative thinking to drive measureable impacts for their agencies," Cobert said at the May 12 Excellence in Government conference in Washington, D.C.
Reported federal information technology savings figures may sound impressive, but even the goals set out by the Office of Management and Budget are small, said David Powner, the Government Accountability Office's director of IT issues, during a recent Senate hearing.