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This Week, Congress To Critique Obama On Tech in Government

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 8 2013

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director Office of Management and Budget (middle) is in charge of Obama's new management agenda

President Obama on Monday touted his administration's use of technology and data analysis for a more efficient government ahead of a mid-week House hearing that is likely to be critical of his administration's performance. Read More

Tech In Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal: Still High Hopes For Gov 2.0

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, February 14 2012

The Obama Administration hopes that its Gov. 2.0 efforts will inspire other efforts around the world

The White House on Monday announced a 2013 budget proposal of $16.7 million for its e-government operations, and an additional $5 million for a government-wide fund that will enable agencies to reap the knowledge gained from lab-testing emerging technologies without having to conduct duplicative tests themselves. The $16.7 million is far lower than the $34 million per year that the administration had allocated for e-government initiatives in 2009 and 2010, but it’s more than the $12.4 million that congressional appropriators approved late last year for fiscal 2012. The administration and open government advocates had to vigorously fight off appropriators’ efforts to slash the funds for e-government initiatives during last year's budget battles. Read More

Oh Hi, Machine-Readable Federal Budget Data

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 13 2012

Tucked off to one side in the "supplemental materials" section of the White House's just-released federal budget is something called the Public Budget Database, a collection of data tables in machine-readable formats. An accompanying users' guide explains:

The data files provide sufficient detail to produce: (a) outlay totals by agency, subfunction, and Budget Enforcement Act category that are consistent with the totals presented in the 2013 Budget; (b) receipt totals by source, as shown in various published tables in the Budget; and (c) the deficit (on-budget, off-budget, and unified budget basis).
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More Details Released On White House Plan for a One-Stop Business Portal to Government

BY Nick Judd | Friday, October 28 2011

The White House today released more details on BusinessUSA, its promised one-stop web portal for businesses to access government programs and services. The platform's creation will be supervised by White House Chief ... Read More

Now Tweeting: @OMBPress

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 19 2011

As Politico reported this morning, the White House Office of Management and Budget press operation has joined Twitter. From a blog post and email to reporters by OMB Senior Advisor Ken Baer: That’s right – as of this ... Read More

White House, House Oversight Committee Announce Separate Initiatives to Reduce Wasteful Duplication of Work

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 13 2011

The White House and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced separate initiatives Monday promising the same thing: An independent federal body responsible for tracking federal spending and ... Read More