President Trump has signed the Taxpayer First Act extending the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to directly hire cyber staff and offer a higher pay grade for such personnel through 2025, FCW reported Tuesday. The higher salary offer, which can reach up to $240,000, is intended to attract tech and cybersecurity talent, according to the Treasury Department’s inspector general.Read More »
The Government Accountability Office has called on eight federal departments and their component agencies to organize their policies and review and approval processes for their information technology budgets.Read More »
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, have issued a joint statement saying the federal budget deficit reached $779B in fiscal 2018, about $113B higher than the shortfall recorded in the previous fiscal year. The FY 2018 deficit was equivalent to 3.9 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and $70B less than the projected shortfall in the Mid-Session Review for FY 2019, according to the statement published Monday.Read More »
The Treasury Department has released interim regulations for a pilot program to assess foreign acquisitions of critical U.S. technologies and intellectual property in compliance with the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018. “These temporary regulations address specific risks to U.S. critical technology while informing the development of final regulations that will fully implement FIRRMA,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement published Wednesday.
Bureau of the Fiscal Service Commissioner Kim McCoy has invited chief financial officers at federal agencies to try and put into action any of the 10 initiatives outlined in a publication describing the BFS' vision of the future of financial management.
The initiatives encompass four overarching objectives, namely: optimizing disbursements, improving collections, enhancing reporting and expanding administrative services.
The Government Accountability Office has found in a recent study that only 15 out of 53 agencies submitted complete and accurate 2017 second quarter spending data to comply with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. GAO said Monday the other 38 agencies submitted inaccurate spending data partly due …Read More »
Christopher Krebs: Trump Administration Seeks Public-Private Collaboration for National Risk Mgmt Initiative
Christopher Krebs, undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s national protection and programs directorate, has said the Trump administration plans to launch an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships to address cyber threats and secure critical infrastructure, Nextgov reported Friday. He told audience at a Washington Post-hosted cyber forum Friday the planned …Read More »
The Project on Government Oversight has called on the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget to update the functionality of a web-based resource for federal spending information. Both agencies should work to address data search filter, presentation and reporting concerns related to USAspending.gov, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization said in a …Read More »