Mission of the OMB
The core mission of OMB is to serve the President of the United States in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch. OMB is the largest component of the Executive Office of the President. It reports directly to the President and helps a wide range of executive departments and agencies across the Federal Government to implement the commitments and priorities of the President.
Closely following OMB initiatives is important to ensure capabilities offered agencies comply with interoperability standards and other requirements. OMB directives and other guidance are publicly available. We can guide you to the relevant rules as you build your strategy for service in the federal sector.
Office of E-Government and Information Technology
Information technology (IT) advancements have been at the center of a transformation in how the private sector operates-and revolutionized the efficiency, convenience, and effectiveness with which it serves its customers. The Federal Government largely has missed out on that transformation due to poor management of technology investments, with IT projects too often costing hundreds of millions of dollars more than they should, taking years longer than necessary to deploy, and delivering technologies that are obsolete by the time they are completed. This office works to close the resulting gap between the best performing private sector organizations and the federal government.
The Office of E-Government and Information Technology (E-Gov), headed by the Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer, develops and provides direction in the use of Internet-based technologies to make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the Federal Government, save taxpayer dollars, and streamline citizen participation.
OMB Redefines Roles for Agency CIOs
OMB Director Jacob Lew issued a memorandum taking at look at the 25-point plan to reform government IT management from last December. This includes data center consolidation and cloud plans. The four main areas in which CIOs will now have a lead role are:
- Governance: CIOs must drive the investment review process for IT investments and have responsibility over the entire IT portfolio for an Agency. CIOs must work with Chief Financial Officers and Chief Acquisition Officers to ensure IT portfolio analysis is an integral part of the yearly budget process for an agency.
- Commodity IT: Agency CIOs must focus on eliminating duplication and rationalize their agency’s IT investments. Agency commodity services are often duplicative and sub-scale
- Program Management: Agency CIOs shall improve the overall management of large Federal IT projects by identifying, recruiting, and hiring top IT program management talent.
- Information Security: CIOs, or senior agency officials reporting to the CIO, shall have the authority and primary responsibility to implement an agency-wide information security program and to provide information security for both the information collected and maintained by the agency, or on behalf of the agency, and for the information systems that support the operations, assets, and mission of the agency.
OMB Prepares for open gov sites to go dark in May
Top open government initiatives are set to be turned off at the end of May. This is in direct contravention with much of Obama’s transparency and IT claims –cheaper and more efficient alternatives may find traction in OMB.
Recent OMB FISMA Report States Cyber-attacks against Feds up 40%
Noting malicious code as the most widely used attacks on federal networks, the advanced persistent threat is clearly prevalent. Additionally, 25% of attacks were attempts to break in or scans of the networks. This news will influence how FISMA 2.0 will be written and the new standards which will reflect the increased cyber-attacks and their disposition.
- OMB sets deadline for telework IT policies (fedcyber.com)
- @OMBPress (whitehouse.gov)
- Feds Issue Government Teleworker Security Guidelines (informationweek.com)
- Federal CIO Touts Shared Services Model (informationweek.com)
- Federal Grant Policy Reform in 2012 (grantresults.wordpress.com)
- Questions for Lew: Will OMB Curb Out-of-Control Contractor Compensation? (pogoblog.typepad.com)
- News from NIH and the Federal Agencies, 5/18/12 (sstroudtrainingsresearch.wordpress.com)
- Innovating with Less, by Steven VanRoekel, Federal CIO at FOSE 2012 (ctovision.com)
- Security Top Concern Of Federal CIOs (informationweek.com)
- OMB Watch: The President’s FY 2013 Public Protections Funding Requests (bespacific.com)
- The Cost Accounting Standards (CAS): Review (sstroudtrainingsresearch.wordpress.com)