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Issa proposes major reforms to IT management

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act would codify much of the Obama administration's 25-point IT reform plan. The draft bill would go even further in attempting to address long-standing challenges for agency chief information officers.

Tags: technology , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , OMB , GSA , strategic sourcing , Mike Hettinger , Software and Information Industry Association , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 02:50pm EDT

Ambitious IT reform plan viewed as effective

In 2010, the Office of Management and Budget unveiled a sweeping plan to reform federal IT projects, encompassing 25 focus areas. Among them: Shuttering data centers and transitioning to cloud-computing platforms and implementing more robust metrics and processes to effectively manage large-scale IT projects. Federal IT experts evaluate agencies' progress on the initiative and discuss why they believe it has been effective as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , Vivek Kundra , Karen Evans , Dan Chenok , IBM Center for the Business of Government

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:36am EDT
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Technology reforms give agencies a needed lift

In part 2 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the success and change brought by five technology initiatives. We rated three as effective, one as having made some progress, but more is needed, and a fifth as ineffective.

Tags: technology , Obama Impact , cybersecurity , openness and transparency , health IT , information sharing , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:25am EDT

Agencies given how-to guide for modular, agile IT contracting

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan released the guidance that highlights possible risks or challenges, and offers checklists, templates and other tools to make the move to this smaller, more outcome based approach easier for agencies.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Contracting , Industry , OMB , OFPP , Joe Jordan , Steven VanRoekel , TechStat , modular contracting , agile development , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:44pm EDT

In Depth interviews - June 6

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Robert Tobias , Dan Meyer , DoD , DoD IG , Mike Hettinger , SIIA , Josh Sawislak , Telework Exchange , Larry Clinton

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 01:22am EDT

Cutting, investing aren't mutually exclusive, federal CIO says

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to cut spending and invest in new capabilities at the same time. Savings from outdated or inefficient IT projects can be plowed into new innovations, he said.

Tags: OMB , technology , Steven VanRoekel , TechStat , PortfolioStat , shared services , duplication , USDA , budget , Jared Serbu , FOSE

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:26am EDT
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New FedRAMP standards first step to secure cloud computing

OMB sets a six-month deadline for initial capabilities to be ready. Along with the cloud security standards and process, the administration highlighted other accomplishments on the one-year anniversary of the 25-point IT Reform plan. The White House said a new draft shared services strategy will focus on commodity IT services.

Tags: technology , Steven VanRoekel , Dave McClure , Richard Spires , OMB , DHS , GSA , cloud computing , TechStat , shared services , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 04:00pm EST
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Officials willing to 'bang heads' to bring DHS systems in line

The Department of Homeland Security expects an audit of its IT systems will bring relatively good news in two weeks. Last year's audit found 161 issues in technology systems throughout the agency. Those problems ranged from a lack of disaster recovery plans to the inability to block former employees from accessing department IT systems.

Tags: DHS , data , cybersecurity , technology , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Todd Platts , Peggy Sherry , Robert West , James McCoy , FEMA , financial management , Emily Kopp

Friday - 10/28/2011, 03:05pm EDT
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Agencies begin to alter approach to IT system development

Several departments are starting to understand that buying and creating technology systems can be done in small, iterative steps. OMB's push for agile development seems to be taking hold across the government.

Tags: technology , agile development , DoD , OMB , FBI , Robert White , rob vietmeyer , tyler bond , USDA , AFFIRM , TechStat , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/17/2011, 06:01am EDT
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Interior ready to put substance behind IT reforms

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

Tags: technology , Andrew Jackson , Interior , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 03:36pm EDT
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