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National Science Foundation Challenges You to Submit a Solution to Modernize the Future Workforce!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a cash prize competition, totaling $100,000, called the NSF Career Compass Challenge to address the changing nature of work to carry out essential missions for the American people and create the Workforce for the 21st Century. Imagine a solution that, given information about a person, will predict jobs that suit that individual's strengths and help them develop skills needed for current and future careers. NSF is seeking to co-create a tool that can be tested on a small scale for NSF AND be useful to a broad range of employers in the public and private sectors. White papers with potential solutions are due by January 7, 2019. For more information on the NSF Career Compass Challenge, click here.

OMB issues updated policy on protection of High Value Assets

OMB has issued M-19-03, an updated policy on the protection of High Value Assets.  The policy replaces a number of existing policies and expands the application of its requirements to all Executive Branch agencies.

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

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.

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