We just reached an important milestone with respect to the Agency CIOs completing their reviews of the federal government’s major IT investments. On June 30, when we launched the IT Dashboard, just 20 percent of investments were evaluated. Today, 100 percent of the government’s IT investments have been evaluated.
In 1996, the Clinger-Cohen Act established agency CIOs and called on them to “monitor the performance of information technology programs of the agency, evaluate the performance of those programs on the basis of the applicable performance measurements.” The completion of these evaluations is a significant step towards fulfilling these duties. As a result, CIOs are now better poised to advise the head of the agency regarding whether to continue, modify, or terminate a program or project.
The IT Dashboard is a powerful platform for delivering insights, but it is not a substitute for good management. On August 7, we will convene the CIO Council to share best practices and apply management approaches to improve data quality, increase transparency, and enhance project performance across the federal government. We need to adopt an evidence based approach to governance by employing platforms like the IT dashboard so we can report, analyze, monitor, and predict performance.