The nonbinding rules are aimed at reducing vulnerabilities in the power sector's procurement process.
Key backers say they will hold OMB's "feet to the fire" to ensure the agency lives up to the measure's requirements.
Under current law, the VA runs its own Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program, and the SBA handles those duties for all other agencies.
Federal IT is difficult enough without viewing agencies and industry as zero-sum adversaries, writes FCW's Troy K. Schneider.
The House passed the spending transparency legislation easily, as the Senate did earlier, but it's not clear what the White House position is.
The goal is to deliver better-focused training packages with more cost-effective contracts.
“We need to pay careful attention to what unexpected outcomes the use of big data might lead to, and how to remedy any unintended discrimination or inequality that may result," according to presidential advisor John Podesta, who is heading up a White House policy review.
Overhauling the defense acquisition process is a national security imperative in tight budget times, argues a consultant and former Marine major general.
Alan Balutis argues that focusing too much on "commodity IT" is an abdication of the CIO's mission.
Programs aimed at cutting through the weeds of the procurement process can help, but many small vendors feel other federal efforts are stacked against them.
The intelligence agency delves into some details about how it collects, stores and accesses data but leaves many key questions unanswered.
A GAO report on the tax agency's budget says a pair of tech programs have fallen victim to spending cuts.