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OMB requests feedback by Jan. 31 to support President’s Management Agenda

Federal workers, researchers and private citizens have until Jan. 31 to submit feedback in support of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a draft learning agenda to identify ways to coordinate implementation of President Biden’s management goals. Robert Shea, national managing principal for public policy at Grant […]

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Financial management, stakeholder engagement major challenges in infrastructure plan implementation

Congress is about to task agencies with implementing the new infrastructure legislation, which will increase the amount of money agencies are managing for infrastructure spending. Robert Shea, national managing principal for public policy at Grant Thornton and former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, said the legislation will leave agencies “taxed, to […]

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Former top agency official advises federal contractors to get ahead of vaccine mandate

All federal employees have until Nov. 22 to get fully vaccinated for Covid-19 without the option for just testing. The White House says that deadline applies to both agencies and federal contractors. Robert Shea, national managing principal for public policy at Grant Thornton and former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, said […]

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Strategic plan requirement presents opportunity to transform agency cultures, says Grant Thornton exec

Agencies will develop four-year strategic plans to use data in annual budget requests. The deadline for agencies to hand those plans in is September 30. Robert Shea, former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), now national managing principal for public policy at Grant Thornton, said agencies have an opportunity to transform […]

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Federal budget process should go beyond program cost, says former agency chief financial officer

The federal budget request process is officially 100 years old. A group of former federal budget officials argues it desperately needs an update. Doug Criscitello, former chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration, said it is necessary to look at the benefits of programs relative to […]

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Growing number of pandemic oversight committees could cause inefficiencies, says Grant Thornton executive

The Department of Justice will stand up an interagency Fraud Enforcement Task Force to collaborate with agencies on investigation and fraud in COVID-19 relief from the American Rescue Plan. That is in addition to the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee and the Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery. Robert Shea, National Managing Principal […]

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Human capital function of the federal government could be transformed by getting OPM to partner with managers, says former OMB executive

A review of the Office of Personnel Management and its potential merger into the General Services Administration is complete. The National Academy of Public Administration finds transferring some OPM duties to the Office of Management and Budget and merging others into the General Services Administration would not fix the problems OPM has. Robert Shea, National […]

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How career federal employees can assist in the transition

Robert Shea, National Managing Principal for Public Policy at Grant Thornton, discusses what career civil servants can do now to set political appointees up for success

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