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OMB to issue FITARA implementation guidance

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.

New federal CIO hopes to ride 'a tide of good trends'

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.

GAO: NASA major project cost overruns increased, but were relatively low

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.

DHS IG confirms whistleblower allegations that some border patrol agents abused overtime pay

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.

Report: Obama won't sign budget that keeps sequestration cuts

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. 

Union: Cutting military commissary budget would affect tens of thousands of federal workers

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 Republican budget plan would boost DoD spending while reducing civilian agency budgets

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.

NTEU: IRS won't have to furlough employees for two days

The Internal Revenue Service will not need to furlough its employees for two days due to budget constraints as was previously announced by the agency, according to a March 18 National Treasury Employees Union statement that was emailed to reporters.

House budget proposal would increase feds' contributions to retirement

Republicans released their fiscal 2016 budget that would increase the amount of money federal employees are required to contribute to their retirement fund. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) released the $3.8 trillion overall budget plan for next fiscal year March 17.

HHS takes a page from Digital Services Playbook with IT acquisition

Mark Naggar turned to the Digital Services Playbook and TechFAR Handbook to help with the competition, resulting in an award in eight weeks rather than the typical six-month procurement with better insight into the winner's capabilities.