The government surpassed its 5 percent small business contracting goal for the fourth year in a row, but failed to hit two milestones for HUBZones and women-owned small businesses.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s CFO said offices should continue to follow April 2017 hiring guidance, while the agency prepares its FY2017 enacted operating plan for Congress.
The Government Accountability Office’s two-year assessment found there are gaping vulnerabilities where federal policy and industry standards haven’t kept up with the developing technology.
In part two of Federal News Radio’s special report on the DATA Act, experts say the common spending standards can help agencies with their missions, and are trying to understand what it will take to reach full compliance by 2022.
In part one of Federal News Radio’s special report on the DATA Act, Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget officials say the three-year implementation is going well, while agency managers breathe a sigh of relief even as they prepare for the next step in standardized federal spending reports.
Acting Defense Department Chief Information Officer John Zangardi said he is taking a “risk-aware” approach when it comes to meeting his priorities, some of which include improving effectiveness and efficiency, learning to “speak warfighter,” and defining cyber responsibilities.
Passport Services also plans on rolling out push notifications for application renewals, as part of its efforts to reduce the burden on customer service phone lines.
The spending package gives the Homeland Security Department about $1.5 billion for border security activities for the remaining five months of the fiscal year. For civilian agencies, here are six other areas to take note of in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.
Open government advocates, industry, and agency officials are eagerly looking toward the May 9 implementation date for standardized federal spending information.
The Government Accountability Office’s report on reducing agency fragmentation, overlap, and duplication shows the federal government could save tens of billions of dollars — if agencies choose to act on the recommendations and Congress offers its help.
The Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Counterterrorism Center are two federal components balancing opportunities and limitations on big data.
The National FOIA Portal will offer a one-stop-shop for people requesting information from any of the federal agencies, and will also serve as a guide for pointing requesters toward information that is already public — thus eliminating extra work for FOIA offices.
Congress has been criticized for kicking the can down the road when it comes to federal spending, but as the government shutdown clocks ticks closer to midnight — and agencies dust off their contingency plans — some are wondering if that kicked can might be the best option right now.
The EPA said it will continue an external hiring freeze as part of its efforts to meet the White House’s government reorganization directive.
The Trump administration’s government reorganization directly impacts federal agencies, but Congress will have its work cut out as lawmakers balance their own jurisdictional priorities with policy and personnel changes.