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FCW : April 30, 2013
Despite the scal crunch of sequestra- tion, agencies should avoid the temp- tation to redirect funds to meet short- term needs if it means compromising long-term goals, according to a direc- tive from the Of ce of Management and Budget. The memo from OMB Controller Danny Werfel advises agencies that have some authority to transfer funds between accounts to avoid reprogram- ming efforts that might leave long-term priorities underfunded. Werfel s memo speci cally cautions agencies against taking steps that would limit their abil- ity to detect fraud, perform needed maintenance, and make essential IT and infrastructure investments. The memo also instructs agencies to consult with their inspectors gen- eral before making cuts that could affect the IGs budgets. IGs who have their own budget accounts "should be provided full discretion to determine how to implement the funds required by sequestration," the memo states. For agencies in which IG funds are mixed with general budgets, agencies are directed to cut IG funds on the same basis as any other spending in the same account. Once the reduction amount is determined, agency leaders should then defer as appropriate to IGs in implementing cuts. Although Werfel reiterated strict limits on paying bonuses from seques- tered accounts, the memo carved out a few exceptions. Agencies are still permitted to give certain incentives to employees for mission-critical activities on a highly limited basis. Employees can receive pay bumps in the form of quality step increases, and agencies can make payments in recognition of savings on of cial travel and foreign language acquisition, and to support recruitment, retention and relocation. --- Adam Mazmanian The leaders of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence plan to amend a cybersecurity bill to make it more palatable to privacy groups and improve chances of a friendly recep- tion from President Barack Obama. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was marked up in closed session on April 10. In an April 8 conference call, Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) described a slate of amend- ments they planned to support. The amendments include new restrictions on the way law enforce- ment agencies can use information on potential threats from private compa- nies, while language that would allow the government to use information on threats for national security purposes is being removed. Additionally, agencies that receive such information would be required to remove personal data that could identify individual users. And private companies that receive infor- mation from government sources on potential threats would be prohibited from using the information for market- ing purposes. Opponents of the bill remain con- cerned that information from private companies will be shared with the National Security Agency. Rogers tried to de ect that criticism by saying, "It s clear when you read the bill this is not a surveillance bill.... It does not allow the NSA, or any government agency, to plug in to domestic networks and listen in." The text of the proposed amend- ments has not yet been made public, but privacy activists remain cool to the measure. "While some of the amendments described today could be helpful, civilian control is the elephant in the room that CISPA co-sponsors refuse to address," said Gregory Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. --- Adam Mazmanian OMB warns against money-juggling Lawmakers tweak CISPA with White House, privacy in mind 10 April 30, 2013 FCW.COM Trending feds retired in the rst quarter of 2013 --- 67% more than OPM projected and 51% more than in Q1 of 2012 52,744 INK TANK
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