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CIO Council harnessing growing list of 'world class' IT programs

The CIO Council will add 25 more examples of IT project management excellence to its best practice database. DHS CIO Richard Spires said at the Excellence.gov awards Tuesday the goal of all of these success stories is to share what worked and leave a broader legacy across all of Federal IT.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 07:05am EST
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CIO priorities zero in on cloud, cyber as budget uncertainty looms

Federal chief information officers remain concerned with securing their agencies' networks and systems. Cybersecurity ranked first in a list of CIOs priorities in an exclusive survey conducted by Federal News Radio. Also among CIOs' top priorities were moving back-office or commodity IT systems to the cloud and using IT to ease the budget pressures facing agencies. Roger Baker, assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer of the Veterans Affairs Department discussed the survey results on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 02/01/2013, 05:09pm EST
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CIOs expected to know more under new core competencies

The CIO Council updated the Clinger-Cohen Act core competencies and learning objectives.

Friday - 01/18/2013, 04:10pm EST

Agencies describe roadblocks to wider mobile adoption

The federal government is on a quest to provide high-quality agency data to the public through a variety of digital avenues. But standing in the path of agencies' ability to provide government data "anytime, anywhere and on any device" are a number of potential roadblocks, according to a series of new reports from the Federal Chief Information Officers' Council.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 08:35pm EST

Kirit Amin heads to Commerce as deputy CIO

Amin spent the last eight months as HUD's chief technology officer.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 11:49am EST

Agencies likely to miss network upgrade deadline

OMB sent a Sept. 30 target date for departments to implement IPv6. NIST statistics show a majority of the government's networks will not change over from the older IPv4 in the next week.

Friday - 09/21/2012, 05:31pm EDT

PTO changes the way it invests in IT systems

John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office's CIO, said the agency used to spend 85 percent of its IT budget on operations and maintenance (O&M) support and 15 percent on development, modernization and enhancements (DME) of systems. Now, the agency spends 50 percent on each. That change has allowed it to upgrade IT systems without additional money.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:39am EDT
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New toolkit aims to start BYOD conversation

Agencies considering allowing employees to use their own smartphones and other mobile devices on the job - known as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) - have a new toolkit at their disposal to ease the transition. The toolkit contains key considerations for agency IT managers, success stories from agencies that have already implemented such programs as well as sample existing policies at those agencies to serve as samples.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 06:29pm EDT

DoT CIO Pradhan stepping down

Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan is stepping down at the end of this month.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 12:48pm EDT

USAID using big data to its advantage

Chief Information Officer Jerry Horton said his agency is now linking its procurement and financial systems, among others, to take advantage of the large amounts of data USAID produces.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 12:42pm EDT

CIO Council unveils draft strategy for securing email

A special committee of the federal Chief Information Officers Council has publicly unveiled a draft strategy for better securing email. The Information Security and Identity Management Committee of the Chief Information Officers Council first issued the draft report in November, but made it available to the public for the first time last week. The report garnered comments on how agencies can secure their email systems using DNS Security Extensions.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 07:13pm EDT

Frank Baitman takes over as HHS CIO

The Department of Health and Human Services taps Frank Baitman to be its new chief information officer. He comes to HHS from the Food and Drug Administration where he was an entrepreneur-in-residence.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 04:11pm EST

CIOs influence growing around mission, budget, survey finds

More than half of the CIOs and deputy CIOs who responded to an exclusive online Federal News Radio survey about their 2012 priorities said the recent Office of Management and Budget memo giving them oversight over commodity IT spending either will improve how they manage IT spending or codifies their existing authorities. More than two-thirds of the respondents said their agency's senior decision-makers value their input and 80 percent said those same leaders understand the value information technology brings to the mission.

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 04:24pm EST
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VA delivering 9 out of 10 IT projects on time

In the Department of Veterans Affairs, it took two years and a big culture change to raise the rate of on-time deliveries of IT projects from below 30 percent to just shy of 90 percent. But according to VA's CIO, those changes amount to his department giving itself its own budget increase.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:36am EST
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Analysis: Prioritizing key to VanRoekel's future success

Dan Mintz, former Transportation Department CIO, found much to like in Steven VanRoekel's first major speech.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 04:37pm EDT
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GAO: CIOs 'limited' in budget, hiring abilities

Valerie Melvin is the director of information management and human capital issues at GAO.

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 04:24pm EDT
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Agencies announce 78 cloud projects

The Federal CIO Council released Thursday a list of 78 cloud projects being completed by the 25 largest federal agencies. Starting in December 2010, each agency was required to identify three projects to move to the cloud within 18 months as part of the Obama administration's 25-Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management.

Sunday - 05/29/2011, 10:28pm EDT

CIO Council to build a community for all

New vice chairman of the CIO Council Richard Spires said he wants small and large agencies to learn from each other when it comes to implementing IT reforms. Small agencies have a different type of challenge than larger ones in implementing OMB's 25-point plan.

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 08:25pm EST
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OPM's new cyber worker definition to improve hiring

The agency and the CIO Council creates a list of the competencies cybersecurity workers need. OPM's Kichak said agencies will have a common understanding of the skills and abilities these employees need.

Monday - 02/28/2011, 07:03am EST
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CIO Council to survey IT worker skills

The assessment is part of OMB's 25-point plan to reform IT. The review begins Jan. 18.

Friday - 01/14/2011, 01:05pm EST
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