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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: OMB , management , IT , Commerce , HHS , DHS , USDA , Jack Moore

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

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 , acquisition policy , data management , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 10:37pm EDT
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In Depth interviews - August 20

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 , Sammies 2012 , Sammies , DISA , cloud computing , State Departement , Arab Spring , NASA , NTEU , workforce

Monday - 08/20/2012, 05:43pm EDT

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 , IBM , project management , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 01:49pm EDT
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NASA reveals how it revived a struggling program

The space agency gave Federal News Radio an exclusive, in-depth look at a recent IT review session on its enterprise service desk. With the program faltering, NASA detailed how it used TechStat to reinforce planned solutions.

Tags: technology , oversight , management , Gene Sullivan , Lara Petze , NASA , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 08/17/2012, 05:31am EDT
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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 , Steven VanRoekel , Vivek Kundra , NARA , Mike Wash , Scott Stovall , FBI , Jeffrey Johnson , Customs and Border Protection , Linda Jacksta , ACE , ERA , Sentinel , 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 , Steven VanRoekel , Treasury , Robyn East , Paul Sforza , Linda Jacksta , CBP , DHS , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 05:16am EDT
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In Depth interviews - August 16

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 , acquisition , bids , Mike Causey ,

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 08:36pm 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 , IT reform , modular contracting , agile development , Jason Miller

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

VanRoekel says IT reform plan 'shocked' system into change

OMB highlights successes of 25-point strategy on its 18-month anniversary. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies saved $100 million from moving email to the cloud. There now are more than 1,000 qualified program managers in the new job series. The IT reform plan helps institute culture change from CIOs on down.
June 7, 2012(Encore presentation July 5, 2012)

Tags: technology , management , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Mike Hettinger , SIIA , 25-point IT reform plan , cloud computing , shared services , data center consolidation , FedRAMP , acquisition , Jason Miller , Ask the CIO , PortfolioStat , agile development , 2210 job series , IT acquisition

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:27am EDT
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