May 15, 2019

New Resources to Roll-out and Mature TBM at Federal Agencies

The General Services Administration (GSA) and Department of Education (ED) recently published a TBM Playbook, calling for seven activities they consider key to starting a successful TBM program. The playbook is a compilation of best practices and lessons learned from rolling out TBM…
April 25, 2019

What’s the Process for Creating Federal IT Policy?

Managing more than $80 billion of IT investments across 26 agencies is no small feat. Using sophisticated tools such as ITDashboard.gov, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) works with agencies to collect vast amounts of data and uses…
July 17, 2017

Cleaning the Federal Policy House

If You Haven’t Used it in Two…or 15 Years, It’s Time to Throw it Away. On June 15, the White House released Memorandum M‑17–26 to agencies, to eliminate, modify, or pause 59 policies that they deemed out of date or…
March 27, 2017

Paying for Federal IT Innovation

Like a frugal friend that tracks every penny they spend, the government is constantly looking for ways to save money. The new administration, especially, is eager to find savings. By some accounts, President Trump wants to cut up to $10.5 trillion…
December 7, 2016

A Case for Embracing Shared Services

Keeping track of an $81.5 billion IT portfolio across 26 agencies with staff spread throughout the nation and, in some cases, overseas, is hairy, to say the least. There are bound to be duplication of efforts, systems, and software. For…
October 8, 2014

Grants Reporting Stymied by Lack of Grants Reporting

How can agencies use data they already collect to meet OMB reporting requirements if they aren't collecting it because OMB's requirements aren't clear? Chicken, meet egg.
December 25, 2013

One More Present to Open: New (Simplified) Rules on Federal Grants

OMB's new grants rules published December 26.
February 28, 2012

OMB: What Do You Think About Reforming Cost Principles and Single Audit?

OMB heads up: comments are going to be solicited soon on proposed changes to grants and cooperative agreements.
December 27, 2011

Standardized Grants Forms: It’s Hard to Make It Easy

Council on Financial Assistance Reform is trying to make it easier for people and organizations to apply for financial assistance.