Modernization and optimization go hand in hand, but while a federal agency’s path to a 21st century IT system is straightforward, optimization of that system can be a complicated process.
Kevin Nally, the Secret Service’s chief information officer, is focusing on five strategic IT goals, including cybersecurity, the workforce and IT service delivery.
Multiple sources say Chris Liddell, the assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, and Matt Lira, the special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives, brought in CIOs one after another to get a handle on priorities, challenges and opportunities in each agency and governmentwide.
The Office of Management and Budget is developing a new IT capital planning policy that would help agencies measure, manage and budget IT investments. Training is another key component of OMB’s strategy during the transition year, as it also will help agencies overcome cybersecurity recruitment and procurement challenges.
A 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget in fiscal 2018 would force EPA to cut nearly 4,000 full time equivalent employees, begin cost-saving IT modernization projects and reduce the agency’s physical footprint. New budget documents describe funding levels and policy decisions at EPA that would support the President’s 2018 budget request.
Darren Ash, the chief information officer of the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency, said over the next eight years, the FSA will make 11 petabytes of data and imagery accessible to its partners.
The Federal Chief Information Officer’s Council released a best practices guide to help agencies understand and use shared developer platforms and APIs to connect disparate web services.
The House Oversight and Government Reform and Homeland Security committees released oversight plans for the 115th Congress, both of which included cybersecurity and IT modernization.
President Donald Trump decided not to sign a new cybersecurity executive order on Jan. 31, but more specifics of the plan to secure federal and private sector networks emerge.
Rob Klopp, the Social Security Administration’s out-going chief information officer, said by taking over the management of the Disability Case Processing System, applying an agile or dev/ops approach and listening to their customers at the state level, the agency made more progress in 14 months than it did in the previous four years.
Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, said in an exit interview that the update to Circular A-130 and the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) are among the most significant accomplishments during his almost two-year tenure, which will end Jan. 17.
Terry Milholland, the former chief information officer and chief technology officer at the IRS, who retired in June, said by becoming world class in managing and overseeing technology, the bureau is seeing real improvements in its operations.
The Office of Personnel Management’s CIO says modernizing legacy IT systems at civilian agencies like OPM is more than just updating software.
Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, Lohfeld Consulting’s Lisa Pafe and Washington Technology’s Nick Wakeman join host Mark Amtower for a wide ranging discussion of what contractors are facing during the transition to a new administration. November 21, 2016