CFO Council RoundUp – April 13, 2016

Welcome to the CFO Council RoundUp, a series of blog posts on featuring news stories, training opportunities, and job openings from around the Council.

In the News

Senate Author of DATA Act Presses Agencies on Follow-Up, Government Executive, April 7, 2016. “As part of a broad push for improving reliability of the government’s financial statements, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Wednesday wrote to 37 agencies asking for updates on their efforts to standardize and publish spending data as required under the 2014 Data Accountability and Transparency Act. Warner, who-co-authored the law along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced his letter at a Senate Budget Committee hearing eliciting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro’s broader views on how to improve reliability of agency financial statements to achieve greater savings.” Read more.

‘Culture of evidence’ should be preserved as government prepares for new administration, Federal News Radio, April 6, 2016. “Access to data and government transparency have built a “culture of evidence” that should not just be sustained during the presidential transition, but also continually promoted for federal accountability. David Mader, controller at the Office of Management and Budget, said there’s been an emphasis on two things during the Obama administration.” Read more.

Crunch time for Data Act guidance, FCW, April 6, 2016. “To implement the ambitious effort to track federal spending known as the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, agencies need clear guidance, and they should get some in the coming weeks. “I think the effort got off to a decent start, but more needs to be done,” U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said. Dodaro and David Mader, controller at the Office of Management and Budget, spoke at an April 5 National Academy of Public Administration breakfast on the topic of accountability in government.” Read more.

Community members among Federal 100 Winners. Two members of the CFO Council were named as 2016 Federal 100 Award Winners by FCW. The list recognizes those who have made contributions in Federal IT. David Mader and Ellen Herbst were recognized for their contributions advancing shared services. Beth Angerman, Executive Director of Unified Shared Services Management, was also recognized. Congratulations to David Mader, Ellen Herbst, Beth Angerman. Read more.

Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill to Smooth Presidential Transition. Government Executive, March 21, 2016. President Obama on Friday signed a bipartisan bill to smooth the presidential transition process that begins in earnest this summer. The Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act (S. 1172), which cleared the House Feb. 29 and won final Senate approval of an amendment March 8, aims to help future presidential candidates navigate the transition process while clarifying the nonpartisan support role of the General Services Administration. It originally passed the Senate last July. Read more.

7 things no one tells a new CIO. Government Executive, March 21, 2016. “The role of federal agency CIOs, like most senior government positions, has always been a high-pressure, high-turnover job. And with the two-term administration of President Barack Obama winding down, CIO departures are all but certain to increase as political appointees cycle out and career executives choose to retire before a new team cycles in. That means new hires — lots of them — at a time when cybersecurity concerns, the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and the growing digitization of all government services make the CIO role more important than ever.” Read more.

OPM kicks off security clearance transition by naming team leaders. Federal News Radio, March 18, 2016. “The Office of Personnel Management has tapped two veterans of the federal security clearance process to lead the transition to the new National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). James Onusko will be the NBIB transition team leader, coming over to OPM from the Veterans Affairs Department. OPM also appointed Christy Wilder as the deputy manager of the transition team. She comes to OPM from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). OPM said Onusko and Wilder will lead an interagency team that is charged with reforming the security clearance process and establishing a new federal entity, the NBIB. OPM’s goal is to achieve initial operating capability for the NBIB and appoint a specific director to lead it by October 2016.” Read more.

Why the top-down, ‘mythbusters’ approach to federal hiring works. Federal News Radio, March 18, 2016. “In effort to bust a few myths about the federal hiring process, the Office of Personnel Management began its first training tours in Denver and Colorado Springs last week. The goal of the Hiring Excellence Campaign is to bring some much-needed training from agency headquarters to local field offices, Kimberly Holden, deputy associate director for recruitment and hiring at OPM, said at the Federal Managers Association’s national convention in Alexandria, Virginia, March 14.” Read more.

OMB Prepares to Ratchet Up Enterprise Risk Management. Government Executive, Feb. 29, 2016. “For more than a year, the Office of Management and Budget has been readying an update of the seminal Circular A-123, which provides guidance on agency internal financial controls. Expected in April, the new version will likely impose new requirements that agencies formalize the discipline known as enterprise risk management.” Read more.

Training Opportunities

April 18, 2016: Free CPE at FASAB Annual Update. Join the staff of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board for free CPEs on April 18 at GSA. The update is provided free of charge to federal employees. See the full agenda here. Space is limited! Register here by April 13th (from the drop down menu, select “Conference” and then complete the required fields). NOTE: If you previously registered but did not receive a confirmation email directly from FASAB, please register again. System issues prevented us from receiving some registration information. We apologize for the inconvenience.

April 25, 2016: AGA A-123 Forum. From the Association of Government Accountants: “How will you implement the new A-123 and Enterprise Risk Management? AGA has put together a full day program focusing on implementation of this soon-to-be-released OMB Circular. Come hear experts from OMB and GAO talk about the new policy and related standards. Also hear other industry leaders discuss implementation strategies. This is designed to be a hands-on discussion of the implementation of this new requirement.” Learn more.

May 9, 2016: Register today! JFMIP Financial Management Conference. The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program, a cooperative undertaking of the GAO, Treasury, OMB and OPM, will hold its annual Federal Financial Management Conference on May 9, 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This one-day conference provides a forum for those in the Federal financial management community to learn about current issues, exchange knowledge, and share experiences in improving financial management operations and policies. Registration is open now, learn more here.