Nicole Ogrysko
Federal News Radio
May 1, 2018

The Trump administration wants agencies to gain a better line of sight into a chunk of the federal IT budget that’s simply categorized as “other” — and has no specific IT priority or value associated with it.

It’s that ambiguity that’s prompting the administration to adopt the Technology Business Management (TBM) framework governmentwide by fiscal 2022. It’s also why TBM implementation is one of 14 cross-agency priority goals the administration named in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA).  According to the PMA, 84 percent of the president’s 2018 federal IT request was classified as “other.”

The cross-agency priority goal is a start, but the administration has more in store for the TBM initiative.

Agencies may eventually see a formal TBM mandate from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but for now, the administration is still in learning mode, Kelly Morrison, an OMB performance analyst, said Tuesday at the Association of Government Accountants’ CFO/CIO Summit in Washington.

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