President Obama's nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget stressed the need to reduce the deficit and increase efficiency during her April 9 confirmation hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.Sylvia Mathew Burwell, who currently heads up the Walmart Foundation and was previously president of Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, garnered promises of support from Senators of both sides of the aisle.
Agencies should generally use any available flexibility to reduce operational risks and minimize impacts from sequestration on the agency's core mission, Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel said in a memo (.pdf) to agency heads Thursday.
President Barack Obama nominated Brian Deese as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget Monday, according to a White House press release . Obama tapped Sylvia Burwell for the top spot at OMB on March 4. The confirmation process is expected to go smoothly, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said at a March 19 press briefing .
New guidance, in the form of a memo (.pdf) signed by OMB Director Jeff Zients and Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel, combines PortfolioStat and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative into a single, streamlined reporting mechanism. As part of this approach, FDCCI success won't be measured by closures, says the memo.
The Office of Management and Budget says agencies should stop buying their own core financial management systems in favor of federal or commercial shared service providers, with changes in OMB policy to codify that requirement to come. "Agency-specific approaches are discouraged," the memo adds, stating approval for them will be reserved for when an agency can demonstrate "exceptional circumstance."
The bill ( H.R. 1163 ), which would need approval by the full House and the Senate before it could become law, would amend the Federal Information Security Management Act. The House approved the same legislation in April 2012 but the Senate did not advance it beyond committee.
A March 12 notice from the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs says the rule underwent an unspecified change that the OIRA considers to be consistent with the regulatory intent.
The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance last week clarifying how agencies can comply with a new rule prohibiting office and warehouse expansions--known as "Freeze the Footprint."
Cybersecurity at the 24 largest federal agencies was roughly the same in measured quality during fiscal 2012 as the year before, according to a newly released annual report on agency compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act.
The update , posted by the Office of Management and Budget March 12 on performance.gov, shows mixed results in those cross-agency goals and provides information on 103 agency-specific priority goals.