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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.

Tags: technology , John Owens , Patent and Trademark Office , budget , IT modernization , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:39am EDT
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Army Contracting Command easing burden on contracting officers

Gino Magnifico, the ACC's chief information officer, said his component is helping to lead an Armywide effort to develop a new contract writing system. It's not just a technology refresh, however. It's about improving the business processes.
September 6, 2012

Tags: technology , acquisition , Gino Magnifico , Army , Army Contracting Command , data analytics , Business intelligence , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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Treasury connects data to make better decisions

CIO Robyn East is leading an effort to create an enterprise data warehouse with procurement, financial and human resources information.
August 23, 2012

Tags: technology , Robyn East , Paul Sforza , Treasury , TechStat , acquisition policy , data management , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 10:37pm EDT
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State's Swart reflects on 23 years in federal IT

Susan Swart left the State Department for the International Monetary Fund CIO. She reflects on her successes and the change in federal technology.

Tags: technology , State Department , Susan Swart , IMF , Stephen Taylor , information sharing , social media , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:36am EDT
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National archives gets ready to taste first fruits of TechStat labor

The National Records and Archives Administration will modify its Electronic Records System for the first time since it went into the operations and maintenance phase. Mike Wash, NARA's CIO, said the use of Technical Direction Letters is one of the key lessons learned from the TechStat session ERA went through in 2010.

Tags: technology , NARA , Mike Wash , Scott Stovall , ERA , TechStat , IBM , project management , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 01:49pm EDT
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SEC working smarter to focus on innovation

Thomas Bayer, the SEC CIO, said he reduced his operations and maintenance spending by $15.5 million last year and used those savings for business and mission systems.

Tags: technology , Jason Miller , SEC , Thomas Bayer , data management , Technology innovation , budget

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 03:27pm EDT
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DHS teams hunt for weaknesses in federal cyber networks

The Federal Network Security branch is performing Red and Blue teaming exercises to expose the soft spaces in agency networks and harden them. DHS has conducted five Red Teams and 28 Blue Team exercises in 2012. Federal CIOs and CISOs must request the Red Teams to analyze their networks. The agency receives a report on the biggest risks it faces.
July 26, 2012

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Rob Karas , Don Benack , Red Team , Blue Team , Jason Miller ,

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 09:59pm EDT
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Perakslis moves FDA toward IT innovation, efficiencies

The CIO said he's using an agile approach to keep large programs on track and looking to the cloud to improve the agency's business processes.
Jul 19, 2012(Encore presentation August 27, 2012)

Tags: technology , FDA , Eric Perakslis , IT modernization , cloud computing , Virtualization , Data center consolidation , agile development , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 01:35pm EDT
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Office for Immigration Review entering next phase of IT upgrades

The Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review is implementing phase four of their E-World initiative to bring e-filing capabilities to attorneys.
July 12, 2012

Tags: technology , Richard Chandler , DoJ , immigration , e-filing , data management , Jason Miller , Office for Immigration Review , EOIR

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 09:32pm EDT
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USAID plans to rebound from dramatic drop in cybersecurity scores

The U.S. Agency for International Development saw their FISMA scores drop to an F grade. Jerry Horton, USAID's chief information officer, said they will fix their shortcomings this year.
June 21, 2012

Tags: technology , Jerry Horton , USAID , cybersecurity , FISMA , cloud computing , Network upgrade , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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