Steve Cooper

  • Understanding why some federal IT projects take so long

    Federal IT Dashboard data compiled exclusively for Federal News Radio shows the average time it takes an agency to complete an IT program to is 1,018 days and the average cost is $23.2 million per program. Both of these data points demonstrate the need to change how CIOs and mission owners measure project success.

  • 3 takeaways from the FITARA 2.0 hearing

    Commerce, Energy, Labor and NASA told House lawmakers how they each are meeting the spirit and intent of the IT reform law.

  • Roots of IT reform starting to take hold

    Commerce, USDA, Transportation demonstrate augmented role of CIO to manage significant projects and make much-needed change.

  • Budget, timeline could derail 2020 Census redesign

    Budget constraints, IT management issues and a tight timeline could thwart the Census Bureau’s ambitious redesign plan for the 2020 count. The bureau said it could save more than $5 billion during the 2020 Census cycle. Census’ last count was the most expensive ever in U.S. history.

  • NASA, Energy, Commerce rearrange seats in CIO’s office

    The federal technology community is seeing a lot of key senior executives switch roles or leave government, including new officials in charge of data analytics at GSA and EPA.

  • Steve Cooper: Now is the time to assess agencies’ cyber performance

    Katherine Archuleta’s recent time in the congressional hot seat is a wake-up call for all agency executives. Chief information officers that oversee cyber at their agencies are scrambling to meet the 30-day cyber sprint imposed by Federal Chief Technology Officer Tony Scott. Steve Cooper is the chief information officer at the Commerce Department. He tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why now is the opportunity for the entire agency to look at the way it does cyber.

  • Commerce CIO assesses cybersecurity in wake of OPM breaches

    Commerce CIO Steve Cooper says his department is moving proactively to identify cybersecurity risks and eliminate vulnerabilities.

  • OMB to agencies: Implement HSPD-12 for real this time

    The Office of Management and Budget gives agencies a summer deadline to implement smart ID cards for network and computer access. The White House wants system administrators and other privileged users to use two-factor authentication by mid-July and all employees by the end of August.

  • Commerce’s IT modernization is all about shared services

    Steve Cooper, the Commerce Department’s CIO, said the agency is looking to move four back-office functions to a private sector provider over the next two years.

  • Steve Cooper’s coming back to government as Commerce CIO

    The former FAA and DHS CIO is taking a third tour of duty in government and will replace Simon Szykman.