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DATE: December 12, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Office of Management and Budget Circular A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources

SOURCE: Federal Register, December 12, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 239, page 77677

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

ACTION: Revision

SYNOPSIS: OMB is revising 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), 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 (IT) as a capital asset by the federal government. Also, this revision incorporates the contents of several OMB memoranda that addressed Clinger-Cohen Act implementation.

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

For more on the proposed revision to OMB Circular A-130, see the April 14, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Office of Management and Budget Circular A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources."

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 28, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tony Frater, Information Policy and Technology Branch, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, ffice 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 IT by the federal government. It supplements the information resources management (IRM) 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. In addition, the Clinger-Cohen Act directs agencies to work together towards the common goal of using IT to improve the productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of federal programs, and to promote an interoperable, secure, and shared government-wide information resources infrastructure.

To provide agencies with additional guidance on implementing the Clinger-Cohen Act and to reflect legislative and other changes that had occurred since February 20, 1996, the last time OMB Circular A-130 had been revised, OMB published a proposed revision on April 13, 2000, and received comments from 34 organizations and individuals. Most comments proposed changes in clarity and detail, and OMB incorporated those that did not conflict with the substance of the proposed change. However, several organizations suggested changes to parts of OMB Circular A-130 that were not within the scope of the proposed revision, and OMB states in the introduction to the final revision that it intends to review OMB Circular A-130 for other revisions in 2001.

The following is a summary of the major changes being made to OMB Circular A-130, with changes made in response to comments contained in brackets ("[ ]"):

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

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