Through the Office of Management and Budget initiative launched three years ago that requires agencies to review their IT investments annually and cut duplication, agencies were supposed to save $5.8 billion between fiscal 2013 and 2015. However, they reduced that amount to $2 billion, a 68 percent cut.
The Labor Department didn't follow federal guidelines for travel and conference spending and may have miscalculated the cost of its most expensive conferences, says a recently released DOL inspector general report. "DOL is entrusted with public funds and it should strive to demonstrate that it complies with all federal guidance to reduce costs to the government," the report says.
The blueprint passed 52-46 just before the Senate left for its spring recess and outlines the Republican plan to shrink deficits by about $5 trillion over the next ten years by cutting entitlement programs and not raising taxes.
The Office of Management and Budget plans to issue formal guidance to agencies on implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, which passed in December as part of the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.
As the new lead for federal information technology, Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott plans to ride "a tide of good trends" that includes realizing savings from TechStat and PortfolioStat activities, consolidating data centers and digitizing government services.
The cost of NASA's major projects have increased over the last year, but the growth in costs was relatively low compared to historic levels, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.
Through four separate reports, the Homeland Security Department's watchdog said it's confirmed allegations from whistleblowers about widespread misuse of "administratively uncontrollable overtime" by some U.S. border patrol agents.
President Obama will not sign any spending bills that continue mandatory funding cuts to agency budgets through sequestration, according to a March 21 Huffington Post article.
The largest federal employee union is calling on the Defense Department to stop a proposal to cut funding for its commissaries, says a March 18 American Federal of Government Employees letter to Congress.
House Republicans released a fiscal 2016 budget plan Tuesday that would slash non-defense spending while boosting funding for the Defense Department war operations. The budget plan doesn't outline the numbers for next fiscal year in detail for each agency like President Obama's budget request. Those numbers are hashed out by House and Senate Appropriations Committee members in their respective subcommittees.