The Social Security Administration has a new plan to modernize five major IT systems, to the tune of $300 million. SSA Chief Information Officer Robert Klopp said the agency could make headway on the plan within a year, as long as it gets the funding it needs from Congress. The House, however, is poised to cut SSA’s budget by $250 million this year.
Federal CIOs say when it comes to modernizing government IT systems, most of the workforce welcomes the change. But if the government truly wants to modernize, it will have to do more than try to catch up to the technology curve.
COBOL itself, while expensive and increasingly difficult to maintain, stands as the proxy for the actual modernization difficulties.
The Office of Personnel Management posted a job announcement June 1 for a new chief information officer.
Congress is skeptic of the Office of Personnel Management’s new IT infrastructure project, otherwise known as “Shell,” due to previous warnings from the agency’s inspector general. OPM’s former IG referred to the system as “at risk of project failure.” OPM is asking for $37 million to begin planning and migrating old systems to the new infrastructure in fiscal 2017.
Klopp said among his top priorities is accelerating the use of cloud across SSA starting with developing a data warehouse.
Ray Coleman, the chief information officer of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Agriculture Department, and James Porter, an IT portfolio manager for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at DHS, say their agencies have a better understanding of where new IT efforts exist.
The Federal Communications Commission’s major technology modernization effort hit a huge roadblock, but the IT staff and contractor persevered.
Energy Department CIO Bob Brese is leaving government after almost 35 years of service. He said now is the right time to hand off the reigns because Energy is about to embark on an IT consolidation and centralization initiative.
Dawn Leaf, Labor’s deputy chief information officer, said the agency is moving to a centralized infrastructure and hopes to give its bureaus a platform on which to build mission-critical apps.
Energy Department CIO Bob Brese said the launch of the OneNNSA network provides seamless identity management and collaboration services in the cloud.
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