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Agencies struggle to stay ahead of the curve in new era of technology

A big change is coming to the federal technology community. For the first time ever, federal agencies are expected to spend less on information technology in 2014 than the year before. Federal News Radio's special report, A New Era in Technology, examines the sea change that will force everyone in both federal agencies and industry to think differently. Federal News Radio's exclusive survey of 900 feds and 50 contractors found that even though technology at agencies is changing, agencies still fall behind the curve.

Tags: A New Era in Technology , technology , budget , Dan Chenok , Geoff Celhar , Govini , survey , Shefali Kapadia , emerging technologies

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:28am EST

Major reforms needed to effectively manage federal IT

A unified IT architecture will create innumerable benefits to government and the private sector companies that serve its technology needs. But, disparate policymaking responsibilities across organizations such as OMB, GSA, NIST, DHS, and DoD make it difficult to realize that end game, say former federal executives Karen Evans and Julie Anderson.

Tags: Karen Evans , Julie Anderson , technology , cybersecurity , A New Era in Technology

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 03:44pm EST

GAO: Agencies should expand TechStat reviews to all high-risk projects

Federal agencies need to step up their use of TechStat sessions, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. The face-to-face meetings of IT officials and agency leaders have been put to use by the Office of Management and Budget and individual agencies to turn around or terminate dozens of failing IT projects. But only about a third of the agency projects deemed most at risk of cost overruns or schedule slips have undergone the reviews, GAO reported.

Tags: TechStat , OMB , management , Commerce , HHS , DHS , USDA , Jack Moore

Friday - 06/14/2013, 07:49pm EDT

Top 3 for 2013 - Karen Evans on building an IT strategy

Karen Evans, the national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge and the former E-Government administrator at the Office of Management and Budget, says the strategic use of IT should be the No. 1 priority for agency technology managers this year.

Tags: In Depth , Karen Evans , Top 3 for 2013 , technology

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 04:26pm EST
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Agencies fail to scrutinize billions in legacy IT spending

Despite spending billions to maintain legacy IT systems, many agencies are failing to properly review whether there is a sound basis for continuing them, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: technology , IT spending , GAO , David Powner , Federal Drive , DoD , DHS , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/19/2012, 08:21pm EST
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Can federal IT still transform agency missions?

Mechling,the research vice president for the public sector at Gartner, discussed how the government's IT posture is changing both agency processes and missions.

Tags: Jerry Mechling , Gartner , technology , ELC 2011 , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Monday - 10/24/2011, 10:17am EDT
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Coleman: Mobility made GSA HQ move possible

Fresh off its cloud email transition, Coleman said GSA has taken an agencywide — not just a project- wide— perspective on return on investment for its mobility initiatives.

Tags: GSA , cloud computing , Casey Coleman , mobile , ELC 2011 , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Monday - 10/24/2011, 11:43am EDT
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DoD to bring services under its IT strategy umbrella

Military services and agencies, alike, are under pressure from senior defense officials to find savings from IT Rob Carey, DoD's deputy CIO said at the annual Executive Leadership Conference. In the coming weeks, Defense CIO Teri Takai will issue a memo detailing a new strategy for bringing existing consolidation and standardization efforts together. The budget pressures have helped push the department out in front of emerging cyber and mobile technologies.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cloud computing , mobile , Rob Carey , DoD , budget , ELC 2011 , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 05:33am EDT

Smart Government - IT as a Force Multiplier

IT transformation has the potential to be a catalyst for 'smart government' and can serve as a force multiplier for future mission success. Tune-in to Van Hitch, a Senior Advisor with Deloitte Consulting LLP and Former CIO of the Department of Justice and Clarence Crawford a Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and Former CFO of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for this timely discussion.

Tags: Deloitte , workforce , Van Hitch , Clarence Crawford , Shamyra Edmonds , budget

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:52pm EDT
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Navy simplifies IT proposal template to focus on savings

The Navy's chief information officer released an abbreviated business case analysis template in an effort to encourage IT industry personnel to propose ideas focused on cost savings. The CIO must continue to decrease IT spending by 25 percent over the next four years.

Tags: DoD , Navy , technology , budget , acquisition , Terry Halvorsen , Esther Carey

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 06:07pm EDT
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