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.
The latest scorecard for the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act revealed progress and lingering problems for government agencies. Department CIOs say at its heart the law is a good thing, but the scorecard could use some improvement of its own.
Beyond the federal scorecard, DHS and State provide details on how IT reforms are impacting their respective agencies.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released its third report card on agency progress in implementing the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and found 12 improved their grades, 11 stayed the same and one dropped.
Adelle Rydman, director of federal business for Zenoss, makes the case for agencies to do more to make sure their networks are running as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Dawn Leaf, the former chief information officer of the Labor Department who retired on Sept. 30, said the agency is working toward a more centralized and consolidated technology oversight and management structure.
The Office of Management and Budget's cross-agency team of mobility experts will soon publish its ideas for an enterprise-wide mobile strategy. The team's work is the result of a final memo OMB published in August, which pushes agencies to cut back and consolidate their mobile service agreements and contracts.
Federal News Radio’s exclusive survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found OMB’s IT Modernization Fund has been well-received, but some believe a hybrid approach would better suit agency needs.
Carol Mullins, the associate commissioner for the Office of Technology and Survey Processing for the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, said the bureau’s effort to reduce its servers, applications and other IT components is coming to fruition over the next year.
A third memo from the administration since 2009 is pushing agencies to consolidate, optimize and move data centers to the cloud.
A legislative assistant for Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), one of the key players on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said members are warming to the administration's idea to develop a $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund. But he said some members of Congress are debating other alternatives to the fund.
OFPP Administrator Anne Rung and Federal CIO Tony Scott finalized a draft policy from December with few changes that requires agencies to manage and oversee software licenses in a new way.
The Office of Personnel Management posted a job announcement June 1 for a new chief information officer.
Commerce, Energy, Labor and NASA told House lawmakers how they each are meeting the spirit and intent of the IT reform law.