OMB issues new marching orders

The Office of Management and Budget has created a five-point IT to-do list for agencies this year:
  • Improve IT security by certifying and accrediting 90 percent of all systems. Currently, agencies have certified and accredited 70 percent of systems.
  • Improve business cases so 75 percent of all justifications meet OMB's requirements. Last year, the agency approved 56 percent of business cases.
  • Use the earned-value management methodology to manage their IT portfolios. Currently, nine of 26 major agencies use EVM, and OMB wants at least four more to do so in 2005.
  • Close employees' skill gaps. The CIO Council will develop guidelines for assisting agencies in identifying their workforce needs so they can draft new strategies. OMB wants 13 agencies to meet this goal.
  • Integrate the 25 Quicksilver e-government initiatives with the appropriate lines of business. The CIO Council will recommend funding, enhancements and dispute resolution programs.

On the e-government front, OMB has identified four 2005 priorities:
  • Develop common systems to deliver simplified and unified services.

  • Promote interoperability through modernization efforts, cross-agency services and the adoption of data standards.

  • Improve service levels.

  • Adopt best practices and shut down duplicative systems.

  • OMB laid out its 2005 priorities in a December report, Expanding E-Government: Partnering for a Results-Oriented Government. To read the full report, go to and enter 340 in the box.

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