The Office of Personnel Management authorized a special Schedule A hiring authority to help agencies bring on specific professionals for their IT modernization and "smarter IT delivery initiative" projects. The authority expires Sept. 30, 2018.
On this episode of CyberChat, host Sean Kelley, former EPA CISO and former VA deputy CIO, spoke with Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) about initiatives to modernize the federal cybersecurity space.
The MGT Act will give federal chief information officers a central fund of $3 billion from which they can draw to update obsolete IT systems.
The Cloud Center of Excellence has four working documents designed to help agencies tackle funding challenges and acquire and secure cloud solutions with more confidence.
The latest data on the Federal IT Dashboard shows agencies are spending almost 71 percent of their technology budgets on operations and maintenance and less than 21 percent on development, modernization and enhancements for systems.
The Office of Management and Budget and new White House Office of American Innovation are working together on a 90-day sprint to develop a series of work streams on a variety of topics. Teams will recommend new ideas on ways to improve shared services mechanisms, the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) policy and federal hiring process.
Cameron Chehreh, the chief operating officer, chief technology officer and vice president at Dell EMC Federal, said hybrid cloud, micro-services and as-a-service buying models are key to enabling agencies to move off of legacy IT systems.
Organization, accountability and a willingness to partner with industry are necessary to improving federal IT acquisition.