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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 14, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: OMB Circular A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 13, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 72, page 19933

AGENCIES: Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President

ACTION: Proposed Revision

SYNOPSIS: OMB is proposing to revise Circular No. A-130 to implement provisions of the Clinger-Cohen Act (Division E of Public Law 104-106, the Fiscal Year 1996 Defense Authorization Act) concerning information systems and information technology management, and to follow more closely OMB Circular A-11, Preparation and Submission of Budget Estimates, which addresses the acquisition, use, and disposal of information technology as a capital asset by the federal government.

EDITOR'S NOTE: OMB Circulars A-130 and A-11 are available at the OMB site http://www.whitehouse.gov/OMB/circulars.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 19, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Information Policy and Technology Branch, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or e-mail comments to A-130@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tony Frater, Information Policy and Technology Branch, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, 202-395-3785.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Clinger-Cohen Act grants OMB various authorities for overseeing the acquisition, use, and disposal of information technology by the federal government. It supplements the information resources management policies contained in the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) by establishing a comprehensive approach to improving the acquisition and management of agency information systems through work process redesign, and by linking planning and investment strategies to the budget process.

The Clinger-Cohen Act establishes clear accountability for IRM activities by creating agency Chief Information Officers (CIOs) with the authority and management responsibility necessary to advise agency heads and oversee the design, development, and implementation of information systems.

To provide agencies with additional guidance on implementing the Clinger-Cohen Act, OMB proposes to revise Circular No. A-130, which contains the policy framework for the management of federal information resources. Since the last revision of OMB Circular A-130 in 1996, Congress passed Public Law 104-231, the Electronic Freedom of Information Act (EFOIA). Among other changes, the EFOIA added a new subsection (g) to the FOIA to reinforce the PRA requirement that agencies maintain an inventory of their major information systems and an information locator service. Also, the EFOIA requires agencies to maintain a handbook that explains how persons may obtain public information from the agency in accordance with the FOIA and the PRA.

The following is a summary of the major proposed changes to OMB Circular A-130:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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