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FCW : April 15, 2015
Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan is seeking a funding boost from Congress to meet new demands placed on his agency, including those related to cybersecu- rity, IT delivery and implementation of the Data Act. In testimony before a House appro- priations subcommittee, Donovan said the Data Act, which mandates the pub- lication of federal spending informa- tion in machine-readable form, “can lead to some real improvements in the way we account for government spending.” The law, however, does not have a funding mechanism, despite putting the burden of implementation on OMB and the Treasury Department. Implementation is a “major under- taking,” Donovan said. Therefore, OMB is seeking addi- tional staff and $1 million to spend on contractors who will help with implementation. “OMB will need to develop software that can maximize data quality, mini- mize future workload and leverage existing processes to improve report- ing,” Donovan said. “This approach is necessary for addressing the unique challenges presented by Data Act requirements and current system limitations.” OMB is also seeking a $35 million for its Information Technology Over- sight and Reform account — a $15 mil- lion increase. Among other things, the new funds will support expansion of the U.S. Digital Service, with 71 addi- tional people expected to join the cur- rent staff of 41. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), chairman of the appropriations sub- committee that funds OMB, expressed concerns about both the size of the requested funding increase and OMB’s ability to support the pace of hiring and integrating new IT experts. “It might be difficult for us to pro- vide you those funds,” Crenshaw said. — Adam Mazmanian April 15, 2015 FCW.COM 7 OMB’s Shaun Donovan to Congress: Data Act isn’t free Trending of federal respondents to a GovDelivery survey said their agencies want to increase digital citizen engagement 46% INK TANK Despite delays in the launch of the fifth iteration of NASA’s massive gov- ernmentwide acquisition contract, the program’s manager said agencies are already benefiting from its more pow- erful capabilities. On Oct. 1 and Oct. 15, NASA award- ed 73 contracts in three categories based on company size for hardware, software and related services under Solutions for Enterprisewide Procure- ment V. A series of bid protests followed soon after, and last November, NASA officials began re-evaluating those contracts as part of a “corrective action.” SEWP V contracts could not move forward until the protests were resolved. NASA officials wanted fed- eral agencies to have access to SEWP V beginning in November 2014, but in October they extended SEWP IV for an additional six months, until April 2015. SEWP Program Manager Joanne Woytek told FCW on March 16 that those conflicts have been resolved, and SEWP V is “well on track” to launch by the agency’s May 1 target. When SEWP V is implemented, it will include 80 vendors and offer a more comprehensive menu of prod- ucts, Woytek said. Some new capabilities that were tied to SEWP V’s implementation, including an improved ability to track information flow, were included in SEWP IV enhancements instituted in March, she added. Woytek said possible additions to SEWP V in the next fiscal year include a verification tool for quotes and infor- mation on cloud providers that have been approved under the government- wide Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. — Mark Rockwell SEWP V is live (sort of) 0415fcw_003-009.indd 7 3/24/15 1:14 PM
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