Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee say the Pentagon pulled $15 billion worth of spending on technology projects under the national security system umbrella leading to less transparency and a poor FITARA grade.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will release the fourth Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) report card June 13 detailing agency progress in implementing the 2015 law.
Agencies have been under orders to reduce their data center count ever since the Reagan administration. In recent months, they've actually made progress, closing more than 4,000. Dave Powner, director of Information Technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
As the 2020 census approaches, lawmakers and the Government Accountability Office are concerned about the Census Bureau's cost estimation practices, lack of transparency and cybersecurity. No one currently has a clear picture of what the 2020 census will cost, although best estimates put it around $12.5 billion.
The Government Accountability Office brought in 13 experts on federal technology last fall to have a frank discussion about what’s working and what’s not with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.
Organization, accountability and a willingness to partner with industry are necessary to improving federal IT acquisition.
Advocating data center consolidation and optimization as a priority could be a tough sell to the Donald Trump administration, but the federal IT community has courted the White House by framing the issue within the narrative of the president's soon-to-emerge cybersecurity executive order.
Because 2020 will be the first time that the Census will rely more upon the internet than paper, the bureau has to test, roll out and connect 52 separate systems, which is a tall order for the agency.Because 2020 will be the first time that the Census will rely more upon the internet than paper, the bureau has to test, roll out and connect 52 separate systems, which is a tall order for the agency.
The Government Accountability Office will tell House lawmakers Friday that 18F is losing money and doesn’t expect to make enough revenue to cover its costs until 2019, according to testimony obtained by Federal News Radio.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was warming up to the idea of the fund, but wants assurances that the money will be spent wisely and receive a return on investment.
Commerce, Energy, Labor and NASA told House lawmakers how they each are meeting the spirit and intent of the IT reform law.
The Government Accountability Office looked at 21 large cloud contracts across five cabinet level departments, and found only seven met all of the industry best practices for service level agreements. David Powner, GAO’s director for IT management issues, with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how GAO selected those best practices, and why agencies should be following them.
The departments of Labor and Energy are still working through their final plans to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.
The Office of Management and Budget is prepping another memo to set new agency-specific and government goals to consolidate and optimize data centers.