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GAO: DoD Should Issue Guidance to Operationalize CMO’s Authorities, Responsibilities

A Government Accountability Office report says the Department of Defense must address three issues to fully institutionalize the responsibilities and authorities of the chief management officer to oversee the Pentagon’s business operations. GAO said in the report published on Thursday that DoD has yet to determine how the CMO will carry out its authority to direct military services on business reforms especially if there is disagreement with a department.

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NIST Unveils Criticality Analysis Guidance Draft

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released draft guidance meant to help public and private sector entities identify system elements that must remain active in order to fulfill organizational missions. NIST said Monday its Criticality Analysis Process Model document offers a step-by-step guide on how to analyze critical parts of …

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GAO: CBP Should Update Guidance on UAS, Aerostat Mission Data Collection

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Customs and Border Protection to implement training efforts and update its guidance on collection of mission data associated with the use of Predator B unmanned aircraft systems. CBP should work to update its processes for data collection related to aerostat asset assists and record coordination procedures …

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DoD Exempts Certain Civilian Positions From Hiring Freeze

The Defense Department has exempted certain civilian positions from the federal hiring freeze that President Donald Trump ordered in a Jan.23 presidential memorandum. DoD released guidance that lists civilian roles necessary to support national security or public safety responsibilities, the Pentagon said Thursday. Defense Secretary James Mattis identified necessary functions such as roles …

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White House Unveils Guidance to Streamline Federal Infrastructure Review & Permitting Process

The White House has released new guidance that outlines changes designed to help federal agencies streamline the environmental assessment and authorization process for federal infrastructure projects in compliance with Title 41 provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. A White House blog post published Friday says the proposed changes in the guidance …

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Tony Scott: White House Unveils Proposed Federal IT Modernization Guidance

The White House has released draft guidance that details several actions on how federal agencies can develop and execute plans to update their information technology systems. Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott wrote in a blog post published Thursday the Obama administration issued the proposed guidance as part of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan. The …

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Marc Groman: OMB Updates Guidance for Agencies’ Privacy Mgmt Responsibilities

The Office of Management and Budget has updated its guidance on the role and responsibilities of senior agency officials for privacy amid advancements in technology and information analytics. Marc Groman, senior adviser for privacy at OMB, wrote in a blog post published Thursday  the new guidance outlines requirements for the designation of SAOPs and seeks to help …

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