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Independent Board Considers Options to Reduce Federal Civilian Real Estate Footprint

The Public Build Reform Board conducted its first meeting to try to identify at least five excess federal civilian properties to sell within six months to generate savings, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The independent board, which was established through 2016 Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act, will need to send its recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget for evaluation and approval.

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Suzette Kent on Agencies’ Application Rationalization, Cloud Adoption Efforts

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said government agencies are showing progress around cloud efforts for collaboration and email tools, Federal News Network reported Friday. Kent, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said on the network’s Ask the CIO that application rationalization is vital since it goes in concert with data center-related initiatives. 

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Draft Plan Outlines Shared, Community Actions to Implement Federal Data Strategy

The Office of Management and Budget and three other agencies released the draft action plan for the Federal Data Strategy to leverage data as a strategic asset. The document consists of 16 steps categorized into shared, community and agency-specific actions needed to implement the strategy.

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Commerce Dept Seeking Public Comments on Draft Federal Data Strategy Action Plan

The Department of Commerce is set to publish in the Federal Register a request for public comments on the draft action plan for the Federal Data Strategy on Tuesday. The department said in the notice that the strategy seeks to help agencies leverage mission-support, statistical and program data as a strategic asset to promote transparency, facilitate oversight, build up the economy and increase the effectiveness of the federal government.

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Donald Kettl: Proposed OPM Reorganization Could Lead to Legal Challenges

Legal challenges and implementation problems could emerge as a result of the potential merger of the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Recently, the White House submitted a legislative proposal to Congress to reorganize OPM into GSA and establish a new office of federal workforce policy within the Office of Management and Budget. The office will be headed by a non-Senate confirmed appointee with the rulemaking authority.

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OMB Issues Updated Identity, Credential & Access Management Policy

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum updating the identity, credential and access management policy for federal agencies. Agencies should transition their ICAM strategies and platforms from the levels of assurance model towards a new framework “informed by risk management perspectives, the federal resource accessed and outcomes aligned to agency missions,” according to the memo issued Tuesday by Russell Vought, acting OMB director. 

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OMB Proposes Creation of Acquisition Modernization Test Board

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy within the Office of Management and Budget submitted six legislative proposals to Congress in April as part of its acquisition reform efforts, Federal News Network reported Monday. One of those proposals is the establishment of an acquisition modernization test board, which would update OFPP’s authority with regard to governmentwide procurement testing and create “test programs that promote incremental improvement of acquisition practices.”

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GSA Unveils New Repository for Cloud Resources

The General Services Administration introduced an interactive hub designed to serve as a cloud resource for federal agencies and connect government buyers to cloud service providers. The Cloud Information Center on the Acquisition Gateway allows government users to download templates, review acquisition guidance, access GSA’s best practices and market research as a service tool and work with other decision-makers, GSA said Thursday.

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Suzette Kent: OMB Working on Automated Tech Policy for Federal Agencies

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and 2019 Wash100 winner, said at a Department of Labor meeting that the Office of Management and Budget is “working aggressively” to develop automated technology policies, Nextgov reported Thursday. Kent told reporters at the closed-door meeting in Washington, D.C. that automated technology policy requires a lot of planning with various agencies which have different missions and controls.

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