Reporting Requirements Changed by OMB Questioned by Contractors

July 10, 2017

Contractors Object to Parts of OMB’s Agency Reporting Reductions

Source: Government Executive, Charles S. Clark, June 27, 2017

A group representing 400 services and information technology contractors has asked the Office of Management and Budget to revamp several of the 59 changes announced on June 15 in its memo on easing the reporting burden on agencies.

The Arlington, Va.-based Professional Services Council, though supportive in general of the budget office’s bid to trim and update administrative requirements, sent a June 22 letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney seeking changes in the Trump administration’s handling of accelerated payments to small businesses, acquisition assessments and reporting of agency priority goals.

“If no one is asking for it, maybe it doesn’t have much value to it,” Mulvaney told reporters during the rollout of the June 15 memo to agency heads targeting a portion of what eventually could be 250 management directives that might be “duplicative, obsolete, redundant or low value.”

The 59 changes announced this month are effective immediately; the remainder largely involve statutes and will be addressed with Congress in a future Phase 2, Mulvaney said.  READ MORE….

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