Policy and Funding

OMB asks for evidence-based budgeting

Agencies should base their fiscal year 2014 budget requests on evidence of programs' effectiveness, with an eye toward spending less, OMB says.

'Shared-first' not a must for federal CIOs

Federal CIOs are urged to use the shared IT services strategy, but it's not a necessity, says OMB's chief enterprise architect.

White House cyber czar Howard Schmidt plans retirement

The Obama administration's senior cyber official announces he's retiring to spend more time with family.

How to make continuous security monitoring work

Improving cyber defenses with real-time awareness takes an investment in planning and new capabilities.

DOD's proposed acquisition rule changes faltering in Congress

Congress rejected DOD's proposed changes to FAR language, but changes to commercial of-a-type acquisition aren't completely off the table yet.

New OPM programs smooth the passage to federal careers

An initiative under Obama's hiring reform makes it easier for students to pursue a government career.

Expert: New travel, conference limits may threaten transparency

Unintended side effects of efforts to rein in careless spending could affect other administration priorities.

Customs and Border Protection not taking privacy seriously, audit says

Customs and Border Protection collects millions of pieces of information on travelers each year, but has only a part-time privacy officer.

DOD discovers IT consolidation best practices

DOD's IT Enterprise Strategy and Roadmap is designed to streamline defense IT, but insiders wonder if major budget cuts could derail it.

By the numbers: Defense IT spending

To understand the enormous scope of the Defense Department's enterprise IT strategy, one need only look at the numbers involved, which are big enough to form a tempting target for budget cutters.

VanRoekel: Agency culture to blame for resistance to tech adoption

Government leaders need to realize technology is their friend, a strategic asset, says the federal CIO.

Can DOD handle its business?

DOD has long been troubled by poor financial management, but 2012 could be the year it turns itself around.

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