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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.

Agencies fail to consistently apply cyber response practices

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.

OMB resists call to lead on underused software licenses

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.