Tag Archives: Office of Management and Budget

President Biden Tasks OMB to Lead Modernization of Federal Regulatory Reviews

White House

President Biden has issued a memo calling for a review of government policies to modernize federal regulatory procedures. The OMB director must also identify ways the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs could have “a more proactive role“ in working with agencies to promote, explore and undertake initiatives related to the regulatory process.

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OFPP Chief Michael Wooten Issues Guidance for Agencies to Reduce Procurement Administrative Lead Time

Michael Wooten

Michael Wooten, administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), has released a memo outlining frictionless acquisition strategies agencies can implement to reduce procurement administrative lead time (PALT). For the acquisition planning and presolicitation phase, OFPP cited the use of a facilitator to help the integrated program team develop performance work statements

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Former FEMA Officer Deanne Criswell Gets Agency Administrator Nomination

Deanne Criswell

Deanne Criswell, who worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2011 to 2017, was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as administrator of FEMA. Biden also chose David Cohen, former deputy director of the CIA and current head of WilmerHale’s business and financial integrity group, to assume the position he held at the agency from 2015 to 2017.

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Office of Personnel Management Unveils Online Guidance Documents Portal

Office of Personnel

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has launched an online database that will help users access the agency's guidance documents. The website is accessible by the public and features searchable and indexed listings for the guidance documents. Agencies are also directed to announce the availability of their guidance portals through the Federal Register website.

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HHS Named Quality Service Mgmt Office for Federal Grants; Eric Hargan Quoted

Eric Hargan

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been designated as a Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) that will work to streamline the federal grants issuance process through shared services. HHS said Monday that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) assigned Grants QSMOs to help standardize grants processing systems and drive efficiency

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OMB Urges Federal Agencies to Pay More Attention to Contract Type Selection

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a memo reminding agencies to practice caution when it comes to selecting the type of federal contracts they award. OMB Director Russell Vought wrote in the Jan. 5 memo that agencies should be vigilant when considering cost-reimbursement contracts for support beyond research and development work.

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Sens. Gary Peters, Rob Portman Introduce Bill on CISA-Led Cyber Incident Data Sharing

Data Sharing

Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, have introduced legislation to add provisions to the Federal Information Security Management Act that would help ensure transparency in agencies’ sharing of information on data breaches. The bill comes in response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report stating that agencies must urgently address threats to federal systems.

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FY 2021 NDAA Contains Provision to Improve Transparency in Federal Programs

U.S. Capitol

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 contains a provision that would direct federal agencies to report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the cost and performance of their programs as part of efforts to improve transparency. The Senate on Friday passed the $740.5B NDAA days after the House voted 335-78 to approve the annual defense policy bill.

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Navy Releases Shipbuilding Plan Based on Force Structure Study; David Norquist Quoted

David Norquist

The U.S. Navy has unveiled a shipbuilding plan that aims to expand the naval fleet in support of the great power competition and future peacekeeping. "Our vision of a free and open international order depends upon our ability to maintain U.S. maritime dominance and freedom of maneuver," said David Norquist, deputy secretary of defense and a two-time Wash100 Award winner.

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Biden Selects Janet Yellen, Neera Tanden for Treasury, OMB Leadership Roles

Treasury

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, to be secretary of the Treasury and Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, to serve as director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Yellen and Tanden are among the six nominees and appointees for the incoming administration's key economic positions.

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