The White House’s budget proposal reflects a continued emphasis on priority items of the President’s Management Agenda while presenting some of the results so far, including (in the budget’s words):
Category Management—“The administration has reduced duplicative contracts by 26 percent, increased contract dollars to small businesses, created opportunities for new entrants, avoided costs of $27 billion, and is on track to achieve $36 billion in savings by the end of 2020. The budget includes resources to further support statutory and regulatory changes to leverage procurement data more strategically and reduce expensive friction in acquisitions.”
Improper Payments—“Government-wide efforts leverage risk-based approaches that improve payment accuracy and increase access to data and mitigation strategies for agencies, state governments, and the public to help detect, prevent, and recover improper payments. The administration has identified a suite of proposals, detailed in the Budget, that would save $182 billion over 10 years, if enacted.”
Acquisition—“Modernizing the federal acquisition system for the digital age requires the development of tactical strategies and practical tools that support improved access to business intelligence, as well as the accelerated identification, testing, and adoption of meaningful changes to business practices. To accelerate the pace of modernization, the administration will baseline the current state of acquisition innovation, pilot a centralized information sharing knowledge management resource, promote emerging technologies, and scale application of a proven model to coach innovative practices.”
Cybersecurity Personnel Shortage—“A cyber reskilling pilot program offers federal employees the opportunity for hands-on training in cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing fields in the nation and critical to protecting government data from bad actors. These projects demonstrate a path forward for reskilling federal employees to achieve and sustain needed skills inside the federal workforce.”
“The next steps on the PMA will be released this spring,” it adds.