Next week the federal IT world will gather for a yearly confab, the Executive Leadership Conference in Philadelphia.
A long running federal conference not only changes venues, it sports a whole new format.
Here are some of the top takeaways from the Executive Leadership Conference, sponsored by ACT-IAC, which had some interesting discussions and news tidbits.
David Bray, the Federal Communications Commission’s chief information officer, said the agency has moved toward the concept of IT as a shared responsibility across all senior executives and that has helped it reduce spending on old technology.
Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, told an audience of federal executives that agencies need to take advantage of technology and data to drive innovation in government.
The White House wants to cut about $2 billion from the federal IT budget next year. The Obama Administration says that’s good news, because it means federal agencies are being more efficient with their IT projects. Adrian Gardner, chief information officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and agency co-chair of this year’s Executive Leadership Conference, told In Depth with Francis Rose about one of his passions. He said he likes using industry partnerships to make the most out of shrinking IT budgets.
In his first public comments since the portal launched, federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies and contractors can learn from the problems the website encountered. He said many times big failures provide the opening for major changes.
Acting Deputy Secretary Rafael Borras said the goal of the new Management Cube is to merge back-office data into one platform. Data analysts will then find trends and discover opportunities to improve mission investments. The Homeland Security Department will launch the initiative in January.
ACT-IAC Executive Director Ken Allen joins host Mark Amtower for a wide-ranging discussion of the myriad of projects that ACT-IAC is working on. May 23, 2011 (Encore presentation June 13, 2011)
The Federal Drive’s Tom Temin caught up with Todd Park, the chief technology officer for Health and Human Services. Park gives an update on the progress of moving towards electronic health records and examines a linkage between two pieces of health record legislation.