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Thursday, June 19, 2008

OMB still wants agencies to be proud in 2009, 2010

The Office of Management and Budget is changing more than competitive sourcing under the President's Management Agenda.

Clay Johnson, OMB's deputy director for management, sent a memo, obtained by FederalNewsRadio, to agency deputy secretaries May 22 detailing the administration's new expectations for e-government, human capital management, improper payments and other functions.

OMB wants agencies to submit where they expect to be under each initiative as of July 2009, and provide a brief explanation of the goals they want to achieve by July, 2010.

Agencies must do these two things and provide OMB with the name and contact information of a senior official responsible for the PMA beyond January 2009, when this administration leaves office.

Beyond the new requirements under the Commercial Services Management area (what used to be competitive sourcing) OMB is asking agencies to reduce by at least 50 percent their improper payments on high risk programs, and reduce improper payments for all programs within three years to 2.5 percent.

"[The Environmental Protection Agency] and [the National Science Foundation] have documented two years of minimal improper payments and have received relief from annual reporting per the guidelines established in Appendix C of OMB Circular A-123," the memo states.

OMB - Proud to Be Memo
OMB - Memo: Attachment 1
OMB - Memo: Attachment 2

-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com

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