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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Message From the DON CIO: Changing the IT Business Model

The Department of the Navy must change the way it manages its business information technology (IT) systems. It is the reality of these fiscally constrained times; and frankly, it is the right thing to do as good stewards of taxpayer …

Alyssa Reflects on Shuttle’s Legacy

Guest Blogger:  Miss Alyssa Y. Watson  Alyssa is a rising 6th grader from Wilton Elementary School in Creedmoor, NC.  Mr. James Stranix was her science teacher.  She will be attending G.C. Hawley Middle School in Creedmoor, NC.  in a few weeks. During the summer, …

IT Reform: OFPP Issues Guidelines for Specialized IT Acquisition Cadres

To help agencies address IT acquisition challenges, Dan Gordon, Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), released a memorandum on July 13, 2011, to chief acquisition officers (CAOs), senior procurement executives (SPEs) and chief information officers (CIOs) that provides guidance on …

Shutting Down Duplicative Data Centers

Just as our cell phones and computers have gotten progressively more efficient over the past decade, so too have data servers. However, the government has not taken advantage of the increasing efficiency of data storage. Rather than follow the private …

IT Reform: OPM Identifies IT Program Management Competencies

On July 15, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a memorandum to Federal Chief Human Capital Officers detailing a competency model for developing an IT program management career path. This effort supports the IT Reform Plan, which calls for …

IT Reform: OMB Overhauls IT Investment Reporting

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) finalized new guidance on reporting IT investments. As required by the IT Reform Plan, the new framework is designed to increase the relevance of IT investment data, better align budget with …

Open for Questions: Improving Federal Websites

White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips, Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and Director of the GSA’s Center for Excellence in Digital Government Sheila Campbell discuss ways to improve the online experience with Federal websites and the campaign …

Enterprise and Portfolio Governance Critical to Ensure IT is Strategically Supporting Your Agency

The third in a series of posts in which the DHS CIO outlines his beliefs and real-world implementation practices that deliver successful IT programs. In my first and second posts on the challenge of delivering successful IT programs, I introduced …

Simon Szykman: What are you working on right now?

Simon Szykman, Chief Information Officer, Department of Commerce (DoC) describes the latest developments at his agency.

The Changing Role of Federal Chief Information Officers

Today, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum (PDF) that lays out key responsibilities and authorities for Agency Chief Information Officers (CIOs). These authorities will enable CIOs to reduce the number of wasteful duplicative systems, simplify services for …

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