Tag Archives: OMB

NGA to Increase Opportunities for Neurodiverse Workforce; Dr. Stacey Dixon Quoted

Dr. Stacey Dixon

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will strive to increase workforce opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. NGA launched its Neurodiverse Federal Workforce pilot program in Dec. 2020. The agency will foster partnerships with MITRE and Melwood to provide jobs for people with disabilities. "NGA mission success is contingent on a world-class workforce with a wide diversity of opinions and expertise,” NGA deputy director and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Dr. Stacey Dixon

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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


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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GAO: OMB Should Increase Emphasis on Requirements Under Category Mgmt Initiative

Government Procurement

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) needs to focus its category management guidance efforts on helping federal buyers understand what goods and services their agencies need rather than emphasizing contracting-related activities under the governmentwide procurement approach. According to OMB, category management-related federal savings reached $27.3 billion over a three-year period.

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OMB Updates Guidelines for New Internet Protocol Adoption; Russell Vought Quoted

Russell Vought

The Office of Management and Budget has released an updated guidance on the federal government's implementation of internet protocol version 6 (IPv6). The guidance also calls for agencies to work with external partners and update public-facing servers and online services in preparation for the implementation. IPv6 replaces the existing IPv4. 

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OMB’s Russell Vought on Developing AI Regulations

Artificial Intelligence

Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has asked U.S. department and agency heads to reduce "unnecessary barriers" to artificial intelligence innovation and growth in compliance with the Executive Order 13859 that seeks to maintain U.S. advantage in AI. Agencies are also encouraged to collaborate with private sector standard-setting organizations on the effort.

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