The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to cut about 8 percent of its workforce through a VERA/VSIP program by Sept. 2.
For federal agencies, presidential administrations are like guests who come and go, but leave their baggage behind. That’s why it often takes contractors to help program managers keep up with the accumulated reporting requirements and guidance compliance. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said he wants to clear some of the clutter and Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the possibilities.
The White House kicked off tech week by hosting 18 private sector technology leaders from companies such as Amazon, Apple and Google at the American Technology Council meeting.
The Small Business Administration is scrutinizing every FTE recruitment request, to ensure maximum employee performance and use of resources.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s fourth hearing focusing on the implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) offered some insights into what lawmakers will expect from agencies next.
New data from Bloomberg Government shows more than 2,600 multiple award contracts across government, which is a drop of 8 percent over the last five years.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney issued a memo detailing 59 data reporting and other requirements that either are no longer necessary, modified or paused as the first step to making the government more efficient.
Democrats and Republicans voiced their concern that EPA’s 31 percent cut in funding for fiscal 2018 could do more harm than good, and leave states “holding the bag” for the federal agency.
Agency leaders are reviewing tens of thousands of comments from their employees and the public on ways to make government more effective and efficient. In speaking with their workforces about their ideas, most leaders say the focus has generally been on how the agency can better deliver the mission and services to the public, not on forthcoming personnel cuts.
The Office of Management and Budget is expected to release a new memo later this week, which will describe an initial review of existing requirements and reporting burdens that the administration believes agencies can scale back.
The Center’s recommendations include establishing an API for legislative data, addressing the LGBT data gap, and requiring corporate data transparency.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) blasted a recent opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which urges executive branches to respond only to inquires from congressional committee chairman. Some Cabinet-level secretaries have said they would not abide by the OLC policy.
The Office of Management and Budget and new White House Office of American Innovation are working together on a 90-day sprint to develop a series of work streams on a variety of topics. Teams will recommend new ideas on ways to improve shared services mechanisms, the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) policy and federal hiring process.
The Office of Management and Budget issued implementation guidance for the cybersecurity executive order, giving agencies four deadlines over the next three months.