Tag Archives: Office of Management and Budget

OMB Requires Agencies to Submit EIS Transition Progress Report by July; GSA’s Allen Hill Quoted

Allen Hill

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed federal agencies to submit by July 1st a report on how they are advancing their transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract for telecommunications and network modernization services. The General Services Administration (GSA) gave agencies a March 31st deadline to shift 50 percent of all services from the Networx contract to EIS. 

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Senate Lawmakers Ask CISA, OMB to Submit Docs Amid Probe Into Recent Cyber Hacks

Cyber Hacks

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio., ranking member of the Senate panel, have asked the federal government to provide information on its response to cyberattacks involving SolarWinds Orion and Microsoft Exchange. Portman and Peters asked DeRusha to provide information on the government’s current federal cybersecurity strategy

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GSA’s Governmentwide Policy Office Eyes Updated Guidance on Identity Risk Management

TIC 3.0 Use Case Guide

The Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP) plans to release guidance on federal identity, credential and access management (FICAM) next year to cover topics such as managing digital identity risks and single sign-ons. Myers noted that the OGP is willing to launch collaborations on updating the FICAM guidance. “It is deprecated,” Myers said.

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OMB Reinstates Framework for Performance Monitoring, Customer Experience; Pam Coleman Quoted

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a guidance that will re-establish performance management and customer experience metrics that were eliminated by the prior administration. Pam Coleman, associate director of performance and personnel management at OMB, wrote in blog post published Wednesday that the guidance will restore a performance framework for delivering government services in line with key priorities.

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National Space Council to Continue Under Biden Administration

National Space Council

President Biden plans to allow the National Space Council (NSC) and its User Advisory Group (UAG) to continue operations following its revival under the Trump administration in 2017. The council’s renewal comes after interdisciplinary organizations wrote to the White House seeking to retain NSC and the UAG. NSC told reporters that it is “still working details." 

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Brandon Wales: CISA Invests $650M in American Rescue Plan Funds for Threat Intell

Brandon Wales

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has earmarked $650 million from its  American Rescue Plan Act funding to transition its EINSTEIN threat intelligence system to various programs. The agency is additionally working to complete the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) effort’s phases one and two which are slated to conclude in 2021. 

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GAO: OMB Should Revise Server Utilization Metric in Data Center Optimization Guidance

Data Center Optimization

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review its Data Center Optimization Initiative guidance and revise how it measures server utilization to better address server efficiency. Based on data submitted, almost all of the 24 agencies met or planned to reach their goals for data center closures and cost savings for fiscal year 2019 and FY 2020. 

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CISA Asks Agencies to Apply Patches to Microsoft Exchange On-Premises Servers Via Emergency Directive

IT Acquisition Management

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an emergency directive requiring agencies to update their on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers with security patches or disconnect the products. All agency chief information officers should submit a report by Friday, March 5th, using the provided template to inform CISA about their status.

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GAO: DHS Needs Policy to Document Basis for Extremism Prevention Grant Awards


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develop a policy to record the rationale for award decisions with regard to Countering Violent Extremism grant programs. DHS should also initiate steps to ensure that CVE grantees gather and submit project performance data to assess whether individual grant recipients and the overall program achieve the intended outcomes.

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