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A top official at the Office of Management and Budget said it’s “premature” to begin planning for the automatic, across-the-board cuts that will go into effect Jan. 2, 2013, if Congress cannot reach a deal to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next decade.
The White House launched a new “Do Not Pay” tool on Thursday to prevent improper payments to individuals and companies. Agency heads must submit plans to adopt the tool by June 30.
A new memo from OFPP and OMB tells agencies to improve training to buy more from small businesses through the government charge card.
For the first time in 20 years, audits reviewed and gave an opinion for every civilian agency. Only DoD doesn’t have a qualified or clean audit opinion.
OMB details the 12 product service codes and specific steps agencies must take over the next year to cut 15 percent of their management service contracts next year. Agencies spent $44 billion on these contracts in 2011.
The White House says federal agencies stopped nearly $18 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2011. Danny Werfel, controller at OMB, explained how agencies did it.
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he will hold hearings to see how to make the federal grant process more transparent. The administration merged two existing boards into a new Council on Financial Assistance Reform to improve the grant-making process. HHS awarded a $32.4 million contract for IT services for grants.gov portal.
OMB raised the savings or cost avoidance goal by $500 million by the end of 2012. Since March, agencies got rid of 1,400 excess or underutilized properties. But the government added 1,500 new ones to the list.
Congress must standardize the role of the federal chief financial officer and give deputy CFOs more clout to make up for time between political appointments of CFOs. These are two of the recommendations from a…