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Input Requested on Federal Data Strategy Action Plan

The 2019-2020 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan was published on June 4, 2019. The draft Year-1 Action Plan consists of 16 fundamental Action Steps. Each action step describes the action to be taken and desired result, identifies an entity responsible for executing the action, lists related Federal Data Strategy Practices, establishes the identified metrics for measuring progress during the first year of implementation, and includes a timeline for completion of the action. Feedback is due by July 5, 2019. Click here to learn more and provide feedback.

OMB Issues Identity, Credential and Access Management Memo

On May 21, 2019, OMB released Memorandum M-19-17 entitled "Enabling Mission Delivery through Improved Identity, Credential, and Access Management".

The memorandum "...sets forth the Federal Government's1 Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) policy and includes the following sections:"
Contextualizing Identity in the Federal Government
Managing Identities, Credentials, and Access in Modern Government
Adapting the Government's Approach to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12)
Shifting the Operating Model beyond the Perimeter
Improving Digital Interactions with the American Public
Enumerating Government-wide Responsibilities"

Suzette Kent on ACT-IAC Zero Trust Report

In the Federal News Network article, Suzette Kent, the federal chief information officer, said the time is right to think about how the concept of zero trust underpins all of these efforts.  Kent said on Ask the CIO. “In conjunction with these other transitions, which really was one of the drivers, we partnered with ACT-IAC because we wanted to bring in perspectives from what was done out in the industry..."  ACT-IAC, at the behest of the CIO Council, wrote and released a zero trust white paper last month describing the current state of technology and the commercial market, and what are some of the emerging best practices to move toward this framework. 

Read the article, https://www.actiac.org/cio-council-omb-identifying-pieces-complete-zero-trust-puzzle

Download the ACT-IAC Zero Trust Cybersecurity Report, ... more

OMB Issues Acquisition Myth-busting Memo #4

Following the multi-year effort to improve federal acquisition programs by debunking commonly held misconceptions, OMB issued the fourth memo in the series on April 30, 2019. The purpose of this memorandum is to improve awareness of vendor engagement strategies that Federal procurement thought-leaders are using to create a more responsive buying process, modernize the acquisition culture, and deliver greater value to the taxpayer. 

GSA & OMB Announce GEAR Center Challenge

On May 2, 2019, GSA and OMB announced a competition to create a Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center to address today’s challenges facing the federal government. The GEAR Center will be a public-private partnership that brings together top talent from diverse fields for applied research to improve mission delivery, citizen services, and stewardship of public resources.The competition opens May 2 and runs through August 1, 2019. Prizes of $300,000 each will be awarded to the grand prize winners. Read more.

OMB Releases Centralized Mission Support Capabilities for the Federal Government Memo

Thank you for the effort and input you have dedicated to helping government improve mission support services over the past several years. Friday was an important milestone for the Sharing Quality Services CAP goal with the release of OMB Memo 19-16 Centralized Mission Support Capabilities for the Federal Government and the pre-designation of the first Quality Service Management Offices (QSMOs). 

Below links have detailed information:

Do you have an innovative idea? The Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation is ready to listen!

The Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is giving Industry representatives the opportunity to share innovative solutions that may address federal financial management needs. "Industry Afternoons" allows FIT and other Fiscal Service representatives to be able to hear about your industry's emerging technologies that may support federal financial management.

This spring and summer, FIT and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service are exploring several technologies including:

  • Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Robotic Process Automation
  • User authentication and identity assurance solutions
  • Advanced data analytics

The Industry Afternoons web page has now been updated with availability through the remainder of FY 2019. Starting now this event will be held every Friday at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Washington, DC office.

All we ask is that industry representatives come prepared to... more

Office of Government Ethics issues guidance on what Federal employees may do when furloughed

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has issued guidance on permissible activities by Federal employees when in a non-pay status.

President Signs Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018

On January 14, 2019, President Trump signed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. The law follows a multi-year effort that began in 2017 with the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The commission's report addressed strengthening privacy protections, improving secure data access, and enhancing the government’s capacity to generate and use evidence in policymaking. The law also incorporated the OPEN Government Data Act, which requires all non-sensitive government data to be made available in machine-readable formats.

DoD 809 Commission Releases Final Report on Improving the Defense Acquisition

The DoD 809 Commission has released its final report (volume 3) with recommendations on how to improve the defense acquisition process.  The report has been released in two parts.

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

OPM’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Certification:  OPM is offering Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt training and certification courses for federal staff in support of the President’s Management Agenda and Cross-Agency Priority Goals by reskilling staff and increasing capacity to design and execute process improvement initiatives.  Individuals will learn to increase efficiency and effectiveness of federal processes by understanding and practicing tools and techniques in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, using data to drive decisions, and addressing root causes of organizational challenges.  To become Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified, in addition to the two weeks of LSS in-person training, each student will complete an LSS project in their home agency. Students will apply their new LSS skills to their project with support from LSS instructors and coaches. Upon completion of all training requirements, project... 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