By Adam Mazmanian
The White House is planning to use automated bots to handle repetitive tasks in financial management and contacting. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced in an Aug. 27 memorandum that OMB is working on a plan to use robotic process automation to perform repetitive, “low-value” work required for financial analysis and contracting documentation. The plan is expected to be in place this year.
The news was an aside in a memo offering guidance to agencies on how to implement the Trump administration’s management agenda item of reducing low-value work. The memo directs agencies to identify and eliminate “unnecessary or obsolete” compliance activities and to update OMB on progress eliminating such low-value work.