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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: IT reform , Vivek Kundra , Karen Evans , Dan Chenok , IBM Center for the Business of Government

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:36am EDT
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Agencies' mobile, digital plans aim to unlock data

Agencies have taken the first steps in building a more digital-friendly government. As part of the far-reaching digital services strategy released in May, most large federal agencies have identified services and resources that could benefit from a digital overhaul.

Tags: technology , mobile , digital strategy

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 08:11pm EDT

IT projects pulled from brink of failure

TechStat is rarely about shutting down problematic technology programs. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines how agencies are using the analysis to support existing improvement plans, to move to agile development and to change its relationship with contractors. CBP, NARA and the FBI are recent examples of agencies taking advantage of the visibility and transparency TechStat brings to get programs back on track and completed.

Tags: technology , oversight , OMB , Vivek Kundra , NARA , Mike Wash , Scott Stovall , FBI , Jeffrey Johnson , Customs and Border Protection , Linda Jacksta , ACE , ERA , Sentinel , TechStat , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 05:16am EDT
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Treasury tackles IT reviews in a new way

Not all agencies are using TechStat for IT projects that are in trouble. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio finds agencies are seeing unexpected benefits in applying the evaluation tool to programs that are on track. Treasury used TechStat to figure out how best to consolidate three procurement systems.

Tags: technology , management , acquisition , OMB , Treasury , Robyn East , Paul Sforza , Linda Jacksta , CBP , DHS , TechStat , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 05:16am EDT
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OMB wants 'single door' for vendors at each agency

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to create vendor management organizations to centralize how contractors work with departments. So far, four agencies are piloting the vendor management organizations. VanRoekel, who also wants agencies to use investment review boards more for strategic goals, said the use of both tools "very much align with our priorities to do more with less."

Tags: technology , management , David Kappos , Roger Baker , Scott Gould , David Hayes , VA , PTO , Interior , IRS , vendor management organizations , investment review boards , Jason Miller , President

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:37am EST
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OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Tags: OMB , OFPP , strategic sourcing , technology , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , Joe Jordan , PortfolioStat , vendor management organizations , DHS , Jane Holl Lute , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Transportation , John Porcari , Jason Miller , President

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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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 , IT reform , TechStat , modular contracting , agile development , Jason Miller

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

Agency CIOs coveted new Digital, Shared Services strategies

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said the new documents met three of five action items that agency technology managers developed last winter. OMB received buy-in not only from CIOs, but CFOs, CAOs and CHCOs before finalizing the plans.

Tags: technology , mobile computing , OMB , Digital Management Strategy , AFFIRM , ACT/IAC , cybersecurity , Bring your own device , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:48am EDT
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CIO Council prepares new talent pool for IT hiring

The Chief Information Officers Council soon will allow agencies to hire technology fellows under a new initiative to help the government compete with the private sector for IT talent. The Technology Fellows Program, part of the 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management, will give agencies fast-track hiring authority.

Tags: workforce , technology , Technology Fellows Program , Presidential Management Fellows Program , hiring , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Ruben Gomez

Monday - 05/14/2012, 02:50pm EDT
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OMB gives agencies four months to figure out shared services

The new strategy details several requirements for agencies to meet by Aug. 31. The goal is to reduce the amount of money agencies spend on commodity IT and have them spend it on innovations.

Tags: technology , management , OMB , shared services , Mark Forman , Tim Young , Deloitte , Government Transactions Services , Lines of Business initiatives , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 05:49am EDT
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