Federal Government's IT Reform Efforts Come Into Focus

Jeffery Zients

Last month, OMB management guru Jeff Zients unveiled the Obama administration's five-part internet technology (IT) reform proposal during a talk before the Northern Virginia Tech Council. Highlighting the administration's achievements in IT reform thus far – including the launching of the IT Dashboard and a recently concluded review of federal financial system projects – Zients sketched out the five parts: introducing budget and acquisitions flexibility, strengthening program management, increasing accountability, increasing engagement with industry, and adopting light technologies.

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Whistleblower Protections Pass Senate; Advocates Call for Swift House Passage

On Dec. 10, the Senate approved the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, S. 372. A diverse coalition of groups, including OMB Watch, has called for the House to move quickly to pass the bill as well.

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Regulatory Enforcement on the Rise under Obama

A new OMB Watch report, The Obama Approach to Public Protection: Enforcement, shows that federal agencies are taking more seriously their responsibility to enforce laws and regulations.

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Check Sky for Pigs, Senate Passes Food Safety Bill

After a long and frustrating journey, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act cleared the Senate today in a bipartisan 73-25 vote.

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What's the Ideal Ratio of Government Employees to Contractors?

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No one really knows, but the first step in figuring it out is to identify what the current ratio of feds to contractors is. And that's exactly what federal agencies, excluding the Department of Defense (DOD), will undertake in the spring according to a recent Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) memorandum. The analysis will help government agencies determine if they're getting the taxpayers' money worth out of contractors.

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Time for FDA to Target Troubled Egg Producer

On the heels of this summer’s massive egg recall, another recall was announced yesterday covering almost 300,000 eggs contaminated with salmonella. The eggs were recalled by Cal-Maine Foods Inc., a distributor, but were actually supplied by Ohio Fresh Eggs. No illnesses have been linked to the current recall.

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Another Assessment Finds U.S. Among Least Transparent of Foreign Aid Donors

A new international study ranks the U.S. 25th out of 30 donors in the transparency of its foreign aid spending.

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FDA Warns Egg Producer Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Wright County Egg, one of the facilities implicated in a recent salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,600 people and led to the recall of more than 500 million eggs.

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International Comparison Ranks U.S. Well on Budget Transparency

A new international comparison of budget transparency ranks the U.S. among the world's leaders, but highlights some areas for improvement.

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Former NIH Director Touts Benefits of Open Federal Science

Former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Harold Varmus touts the benefits of open science in a new video released for Open Access Week (Oct. 18-24, 2010).

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