Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss the White House's priorities to improve federal technology. VanRoekel answered participants' questions on a host of issues including knowledge sharing, working with the private sector, cloud computing and more. Read an archived version of the chat.
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Ask the CIO
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Each week, host Jason Miller interviews federal agency CIOs about the latest directives, IT challenges and successes.
The University of Maryland's CIO Certificate program focuses on teaching its students to meet the challenges of management and leadership. The certificate program is one of several affiliated with GSA's CIO University.
January 19, 2012
Carnegie Mellon University's CIO Institute helps train the next generation of senior technology managers.
January 12, 2012
George Jakabcin, the agency's CIO, said every employee will get a new laptop and be able to access the network through a WiFi VPN connection. More than 80 percent of all employees work outside the office at least one day a week.
January 5, 2012(Encore presentation March 1, 2012)
The DoD Cyber Command poked and prodded the Army Corps' Los Angeles district's network during a recent Command Cyber Readiness Inspection. Army Corps of Engineers CIO Bob Kazimer said the analysis will give the rest of the agency lessons learned to improve cybersecurity across the Corps.
December 15, 2011
The agency is using a new project management approach, TechStat sessions and new CIO authorities to fix long-standing oversight problems. HUD CIO Jerry Williams said all seven priority programs met their cost, schedule and performance goals this year.
Phil Cirrulli, the chief information officer for the managing and operations contractor for the site, is improving the national lab's infrastructure to support widespread wireless access. He also is shutting down legacy mainframe systems after implementing a new ERP system.
December 1, 2011
Acting CIO Howard Hays said the agency is taking advantage of the work VA is doing to update its systems. Indian Health Services borrows heavily from VA's VistA electronic health records system.
November 17, 2011(Encore presentation December 29, 2011)
The agency puts employees in pools based on their expertise, and then the employees move from project to project based on the needs of that program. VA now is working on 60 percent more projects than under the previous approach.
November 10, 2011(Encore presentation December 22, 2011)
Tom Harper, the lab's CIO, said the national laboratory created an infrastructure-on-demand platform for easy provisioning of cloud services. He said Los Alamos also introduced WiFi earlier this year for access to its unclassified network.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a score of 95 on its FISMA report card in 2011. Jeff Eisensmith, the ICE CISO, said the agency is implementing continuous monitoring and increasing the training of its employees.
The archives is working with the CIO Council to figure out how to move records stored in the cloud more easily and ensure their authenticity. Mike Wash, NARA's CIO, said this is a problem looming for every agency as more and more of them move to the cloud computing. NARA is considering how to move its internal email to a managed service provider.
October 12, 2011(Encore presentation November 24, 2011)
A record year for insurance crop claims pushes RMA's systems to the brink. Chad Sheridan, RMA's CIO, said recent modernization efforts kept the agency's systems processing and paying claims.
Initial results from the two major changes to the way the agency manages and applies technology will come to the forefront this fall.
September 29, 2011
Agency CIO Casey Coleman said the move to Google's gmail went smoothly and is 99 percent complete. GSA recently hired another cloud service provider to host collaboration tools. Coleman said the agency now is looking at legacy business systems.
September 22, 2011
Matt Perry is making wide-ranging effort to improve the Office of Personnel Management's technology infrastructure. This includes data storage and analytics to make processing HR information easier.
September 15, 2011
Department of Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen said business systems and infrastructure are two main areas to reduce the cost of the service's technology.
September 8, 2011
The Federal Trade Commission is using enterprise architecture make its technology backbone faster, more efficient and able to run mobile devices.
New department chief information officer is finding her way with the federal government, while making improvements across Treasury. She says the agency will implement ITIL and collaboration software.
August 25, 2011(Encore presentation October 27, 2011)
The Joint Task Force National Capital Region's effort to consolidate and bring disparate medical data together is in the home stretch. Created by BRAC, the office is making it easier for doctors and nurses to access wounded warriors and beneficiary information whenever and wherever it's needed.
August 18, 2011
Vivek Kundra ends his tenure as the federal chief information officer Aug. 12. He was the driving force behind moving agencies to cloud computing, consolidating data centers and laying down the foundation to reform information technology. But Kundra's biggest impact may be less about specific technologies, but reminding the government that time and process are not major barriers.
August 11, 2011