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Updates to the Financial Management Line of Business (FMLoB) FM Standards

Updates to the Financial Management Line of Business (FMLoB) FM Standards were published this month on the FIT website. These updates were made as a collaborative effort between the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service and the federal government’s financial management community.

 Based on insights from the Financial Management Standards Committee (FMSC), represented by the 24 Chief Financial Officer Act agencies, the following updates were... more

GAO Recommends Action to Clarify CIO Responsibilities to Improve Effectiveness

Agencies plan to spend more than $96 billion on IT in fiscal year 2018; however, they continue to face longstanding challenges in doing so. Congress established the CIO position to serve as an agency focal point for IT to address these challenges. Recognizing the importance of the CIO position to successful IT management, GAO was asked to conduct a government-wide review of CIO responsibilities. GAO’s objectives were to determine (1) the extent to which agencies have addressed the role of the CIO in accordance with federal laws and guidance, and (2) major factors that have enabled and challenged agency CIOs in fulfilling their responsibilities to carry out federal laws and guidance. To do so, GAO reviewed laws and OMB guidance to identify key IT management responsibilities of federal agency CIOs and then compared them to policies of the 24 Chief Financial Officers Act agencies. GAO also administered a survey to 24 CIOs and interviewed current CIOs, as well as OMB officials.  GAO is... more

FAA Issues RFI for Assessment of Ownership and Operational Models for Network Security Functions

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI), issued 7/27/2018, is to gain a better understanding of best practices and benefits associated with how the configuration, delivery, and management of specific security capabilities differs between Government-owned, Contractor-owned, Government-operated, and Contractor-operated business models. The FAA is releasing this RFI in conjunction with the FAA’s market research related to the FAA’s Enterprise Network Services (FENS) program. Responses are due by 8/3/2018 and more information is available at: https://faaco.faa.gov/index.cfm/announcement/view/30917.

Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace: 2018 Report by National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Executive Summary

In the 2011 report to Congress on Foreign Spies Stealing U.S. Economic Secrets in Cyberspace, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive provided a baseline assessment of the many dangers facing the U.S. research, development, and manufacturing sectors when operating in cyberspace, the pervasive threats posed by foreign intelligence services and other threat actors, and the industries and technologies most likely at risk of espionage. The 2018 report provides additional insight into the most pervasive nation-state threats, and it includes a detailed breakout of the industrial sectors and   technologies judged to be of highest interest to threat actors. It also discusses several potentially disruptive threat trends that warrant close attention.

This report focuses on the following issues

Foreign economic and industrial espionage against the United States continues to represent a significant threat to America’s prosperity,... more

OMB Issues RFI for Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking your help.  Last month they published Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform and Reorganization Recommendations, and now they are taking steps toward implementing one of its proposals: establishment of the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center.

  • What.  The Federal Government has fallen behind the curve in adapting how we operate to the realities of the 21st century and economy.  The GEAR Center will establish a public-private partnership that brings together experts in disciplines from economics, to computer science, to design thinking, in order to better connect cutting-edge ideas with real-world challenges government faces in serving Americans in the Digital Age. 
  • How.  Through... more

Government seeks comments on proposal to create process for industry feedback on contracts and acquisitions

In 2015, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) issued guidance to test the use of a standard survey that allowed offerors, whether or not they received an award, to rate the agency’s pre-award and debriefing processes for specific solicitations. See ‘‘Acquisition 360—Improving the Acquisition Process through Timely Feedback from External and Internal Stakeholders.’’ (https://www.actiac.org/acquisition-360-improving-acquisition-process-through-timely-feedback-external-and-internal)

OFPP, DoD, GSA, and NASA believe that establishing a standard process in the FAR for obtaining voluntary feedback following a contract award will provide more meaningful insight on ways to strengthen the contracting process than can be derived by relying on ad... more

OPM offering Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification classes for Federal government

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification:  OPM’s Federal Executive Institute is partnering with the U.S. Army to provide Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training for federal staff, which supports the President’s Management Agenda and Cross-Agency Priority Goals. To become Lean Six Sigma certified, in conjunction with the 4-weeks of LSS training, each student will complete an LSS project in their home agency. Throughout the course, students will apply their new skills to their agency project with ongoing support from the program’s instructors and coaches. Upon completion of all course requirements and successful completion of an approved Lean Six Sigma project following training, participants will be eligible for certification as a federal Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  The training will be conducted at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1900 E Street, NW,... more

DHS Procurement Innovation Lab Issues First Annual Report

The DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) is promoting a learning culture by offering a framework for the DHS acquisition community to test new ideas and share lessons learned across the entire acquisition community. Their first annual report contains information about tests of innovative acquisition practices and their results.

Administration Releases Recommendations for Reorganizing and Improving Key Government Functions

This report outlines the Administration’s analysis and recommendations for structural realignment of the Executive Branch to better serve the mission, service, and stewardship needs of the American people. While some of the recommendations identified in this volume can be achieved via Executive administrative action, more significant changes will require legislative action as well.

Agencies Seek Exceptional Federal Professionals for Exciting, Short-term Acquisition Challenges

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEEKS EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONALS FOR EXCITING, SHORT-TERM ACQUISITION CHALLENGES – APPLY TODAY

Acquisition Open Opportunities is an innovative new approach for matching talented government workers with agency challenges in the acquisition arena.  It works like this:

  • An agency identifies a specific need where it could use some new ideas or help.  Projects should be short-term (many require only 4 to 8 hours of assistance) and are very focused.
  •  The agency places a description of the project (as well as the time required and the deadline) on the Acquisition Open Opportunities website https://openopps.usajobs.gov/.
  •  Interested individuals (must be a full-time government employee) submit an application via the web site.  (You must have your supervisor’s approval before submitting the application).
  •  If... more

Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing Multiple Federal Agencies

Each year, federal Inspectors General (IGs) identify and report on the top management and performance challenges (TMPC) facing their individual agencies pursuant to the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000. In addition, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) issues an Annual Report to the President and Congress that includes a list of the TMPCs faced by many agencies throughout the federal government, despite vast differences in size and mission, and which often remain unchanged from year to year. CIGIE is pleased to present this consolidated TMPC report, which for the first time provides information about, analyses of, and links to the 61 publicly available TMPC reports issued by the federal IGs in 2017. The challenges most frequently reported by the 61 IGs are:  Information Technology Security and Management  Performance Management and Accountability  Human Capital Management  Financial Management  Procurement Management  Facilities... more

President's Management Agenda

The President's Management Agenda was released on March 20, 2018.The President’s Management Agenda lays out a long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government in key areas that will improve the ability of agencies to deliver mission outcomes, provide excellent service, and effectively steward taxpayer dollars on behalf of the American people.

OMB Issues Guidance on Implementation of the MGT Act

The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act is a key component of this Administration's continued efforts to improve Federal technology by providing financial resources and technical expertise to agencies. The MGT Act will allow agencies to invest in modern technology solutions to improve service delivery to the public, secure sensitive systems and data, and save taxpayer dollars. This memorandum sets forth Administration objectives and necessary actions agencies should take in order to implement the MGT Act.

GSA Category Management PMO Invites Industry Engagement

You are invited to participate in the second industry engagement event sponsored by the Program Management Office for Category Management Intelligence (CM PMO). This is an opportunity to find out more about the government’s category management Best-In-Class (BIC) designation and what it means for government acquisition. 

This event will provide business and industry professionals a meaningful, in-person opportunity to engage with Federal category managers and BIC subject-matter experts to discuss all aspects of a best-in-class designation. The program will provide interactive and collaborative discussion, opportunities to contribute actionable feedback and talk about best practices critical to the success of category management’s best-in-class process.

The CM PMO looks forward to working with businesses and industry for the continued success of government-wide category management. 

WHEN:   Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TIME:... more

FY 2019 President's Budget Released

The FY 2019 President's Budget has been released and is posted here. The Federal IT Dashboard is also displaying data from the most recent FY 2019 IT Budget submission that correlates with the President's Budget here. A fact sheet describing plans to modernize government is available here.

Preview of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA): The Budget previews the PMA, which the Administration will release in March to set forth a long-term vision for an effective Government that works on behalf of the American people. Please see the attached fact sheet—Modernizing Government for the 21st Century—for more information. Additional details can be found... more

Federal Financial Management Use Cases for Public Review

Treasury’s Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) as the Financial Management Line of Business Managing Partner has identified 527 Standard Data Elements which reflect the data needed to meet the inputs, outputs, and processes defined in the Federal Financial Management System Requirements. The majority of these data elements were already defined in the Data Act Information Model Scheme (DAIMS) and the Fiscal Service Data Registry; however, FIT has identified and defined 27 other data elements not defined in either of these sources.

These standard data elements will complete our framework of the components of federal financial management.  Agencies will be able to use these data elements when evaluating their current financial management systems, proposing process improvements, or planning system acquisitions and transitions.

FIT is soliciting feedback on the inventory of Federal Financial Management Standard Data Elements and specifically the 27... more

GSA Acquisition Gateway Connects Government Buyers and Industry

The Acquisition Gateway, built by GSA, helps federal government buyers from all agencies act as one acquisition community. Their goal is to help make government acquisition great.

Today, federal acquisition professionals can use the Gateway to:

  • Find historical prices paid for products/services;
  • Seek advice from category experts;
  • Compare governmentwide contract vehicles and solutions (not just GSA’s!);
  • Search a Statement of Work library as reference for similar procurements;
  • View active and closed RFQs/RFPs from FY14 onward for reference on similar procurements; and
  • Connect with other federal government buyers via message boards.


If you are not already, we invite you now to become a... more