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Modernizing Federal IT Part 5: Modernizing Software Architecture

This is the fifth in a series describing how the Social Security Administration is working towards a more modern IT infrastructure. You can find part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here and part 4 here. In the next three posts we will …

Modernizing Federal IT: Part 4 Building a Modern Data Foundation

This is the fourth in a series describing how the Social Security Administration is working towards a more modern IT infrastructure. You can find part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here. In this post we will consider how to develop …

Modernizing Federal IT: Part 3 Teasing Apart the Problem

This is the third in a series describing how the Social Security Administration is working towards a more modern IT infrastructure. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. This post will start to tease out the different technologies that …

Modernizing Federal IT: Part 2 – The Gravity of IP

This is the second in a series describing how the Social Security Administration is working towards a more modern IT infrastructure. You can find part 1 here. Most of you who are reading this series will expect to see an …

How the CIO Council Made Our Open Data Prioritization Tool Kit More Open

A few weeks ago the Council’s Innovation Committee released the Open Data Prioritization Toolkit. The response to the toolkit has been positive, but we also heard back from the community asking why the Open Data toolkit’s summary was locked up …

18F Releases Content Guide

Do you maintain content for a government website? The Council support staff wanted to share a resource that could be very useful to you. Our friends at 18F have released an online content guide that share some great guidelines on …

Registration Now Open for 2015 CIO Council IT Symposium

Richard McKinney (CIO, Department of Transportation) and I are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 CIO Council IT Symposium. This two-day event, sponsored by the Workforce Committee, which we co-chair, will take place at the …

Cloud Computing Update: Best Practices for Acquiring IT as a Service

The Administration’s Federal Cloud Computing Strategy requires agencies to default to cloud-based solutions whenever a secure, reliable and cost-effective cloud option exists – however, the move to the cloud requires a dramatic shift in the way Federal agencies buy IT …

DOI Law Enforcement Reporting Investment

Accelerating Deployment of a Law Enforcement Reporting System at the Department of the Interior through TechStat Executive Summary TechStat is an evidence-based accountability review of an Information Technology (IT) investment that results in concrete actions to address weaknesses. It presents …

Best Practices: Monthly IT Investment Self-Assessments

Conducting monthly assessments of IT investments to formulate the CIO evaluations published on the Federal IT Dashboard Executive Summary The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) implemented a monthly self-assessment process for major information technology (IT) investments. Using a standardized …


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