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Donovan: Adopting new way of calculating legislation cost would muddy the process

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan came out against a House resolution that would change the way Congress calculates he expected cost of legislation.

Interim rule would overhaul how federal grants are handled

The federal grants process is changing. The Council on Financial Assistance Reform issued an interim rule that would implement guidance that effects how the federal government hands out $600 billion in grants every year.

Federal agencies improve mobile access to data, services, but challenges remain, GAO says

In reviewing and analyzing information from six randomly selected federal agencies, as well as interviewing many others, GAO found a few agencies' websites haven't incorporated responsive design and that could make it harder for users to find content. 

Cobert: Cross-agency goals already bearing fruit

Agencies are meeting governmentwide performance goals that President Obama set nearly a year ago, said the Office of Management and Budget in a Dec. 18 OMB blog post. In his fiscal 2015 budget request earlier this year, Obama established 15 new Cross-Agency Priority goals meant to improve agency performance governmentwide. 

Agencies not always leveraging FedRAMP correctly in cloud contract language, say GSA officials

Two and a half years in, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to help agencies and departments more quickly and securely procure cloud services, is being adopted in pockets across the federal government, but not always correctly, say General Services Administration officials during a Dec. 16 press briefing.

USASpending.gov performance thus far a cautionary tale for DATA Act implementation, says GAO

Try as it might, the federal government doesn't have the best track record on publicly reporting spending data, Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, told lawmakers Dec. 3. USASpending.gov's success thus far could serve as a cautionary tale for the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act,  said  Dodaro during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

IG: VHA support services contract costs more than doubled in fiscal 2013

The amount of money that the Veterans Health Administration pays for its support services more than doubled between fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to a recent Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report.

FDA not testing fruits and vegetables for most commonly used pesticides, GAO says

The Food and Drug Administration doesn't test for some of the most commonly used pesticides when it looks into the amount of residue left on fruits and vegetables, says a Government Accountability Office report released Oct. 7. And the agency isn't releasing that information in their annual monitoring reports, according to congressional investigators.

AGA: OMB needs clearer accountability in new internal controls policy

Clearer accountability and better training could improve the Office of Management and Budget's governmentwide approach to internal financial controls compliance, an Oct. 31 Association of Government Accountants report says. OMB created a compliance framework for internal financial controls that is meant to be less burdensome for agencies and is more linked to risk management.

GAO: Some agencies not meeting customer service standards

None of the five agencies that the Government Accountability Office surveyed met all key elements of the government's customer service standards, an Oct. 24 report says.