A new exclusive survey of federal chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives by Federal News Radio found respondents ranked category management and taking advantage of the tools that come with the initiative as one of their top priorities for 2016.
To change its culture, the CIA is focusing on the training, recruitment and broad support of its employees. Kimberly Ofobike, the deputy chief of the CIA’s modernization team, said the new talent center of excellence will help lead this people-focused effort.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said he’s committed to improving HUD’s IT environment and its tools for monitoring program and financial performance.
Similar to the Office of Personnel Management, agencies are struggling to move off of previous generations of technology. Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said the government is at a “critical inflection point” and needs to change its approach to buying and securing IT.
Federal News Radio asked readers how they rated the performance of the Office of Personnel Management in communicating information about the recent data breaches. An overwhelming number rated the information as ”poor” and many still didn’t understand what happened or what they should do next.
In Senate hearings regarding the recent breach of the Get Transcript system last week, IRS officials said they were ”reviewing options” to make their online services more secure. They did not mention the agency already has asked vendors for bids on a wide array of new authentication services.
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team released in May an analysis report detailing nine incidents between July 2014 and May 2015 where hackers stole what they call ”bulk personally identifiable information (PII)” from public and private sector organizations. Secretary Jeh Johnson issued the first-ever Binding Operational Directive to agencies in May, mandating they fix all ‘critical vulnerabilities’ in 30 days.
The Veterans Affairs secretary has picked a White House veteran to be his new chief of staff, replacing Joe Riojas. Riojas has been with VA since 2009 and is leaving government.
David Mader, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will issue a memo today requiring agencies to set an annual square foot reduction target and to adopt space design standards for future office space. The Reduce the Footprint memo builds on the 2013 Freeze the Footprint policy that saw a reduction of more than 20 million square feet of office space.
The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.
David Mader, OMB controller, said the administration will target specific agencies with new technology to access more data to combat this long-standing challenge. GAO reported Feb. 26 that the governmentwide improper payment rate was 4.02 percent, meaning agencies misspent almost $125 billion in 2014.
The controller in the Office of Management and Budget says the next two years are critical for financial management shared services. Mader said along with Treasury, OMB will be determining how best to get agencies to move to one of four federal providers.
Political leaders of all stripes have long called for reforming the Senior Executive Service. But what if instead of fixing the SES’ current problems, the government wiped the slate clean and started from scratch? In part four of Federal News Radio’s special report, Fixing the SES, current and former members of the service discuss what the key ingredients would be in a new SES recipe.
Does the federal government hold members of the Senior Executive Service accountable for their actions? In part three of Federal News Radio’s special report, Fixing the SES, current and former senior executives respond candidly to the criticism.
Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House’s $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.