This year is definitely shaping up to be the Year of the Federal CIO. From CIOs who are at the forefront of the conversation on IT innovation, like David Bray at the Federal Communication Commission, to those who are quietly working in the background to ensure that their agencies are in compliance with FITARA’s rules and requirements, CIOs are redefining the face of government and helping their agencies deliver on their missions in a complex world.
The summer of 2015, might just become known as the Summer of FITARA. Widely regarded as the most comprehensive overhaul of Government IT since the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) brings the role of the CIO to the forefront of technology reform. Signed into law in December 2014, the IT reform agenda puts agency CIOs squarely in the driver’s seat when it comes to governing programming, budgeting, decision-making, and acquisition initiatives.
F-I-T-A-R-A, the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act is set to be the answer to government IT agility. Designed to give agency CIOs more authority in the procurement process, FITARA has the potential to be a true game changer in the government IT market.
Federal agencies are in the middle of a burst of innovation when it comes to leveraging IT to meet the mission. Each week on ModernGOV, we feature a selection of stories highlighting the agencies and leaders who are embracing change, not for its own sake, but to provide more services, more efficiently to their end users. From swift procurement to FITARA, this week we’re featuring stories from Health and Human Services, the Copyright Office, and U.S. CIO Tony Scott. Read on to find out how these agency and the U.S. IT chief are delivering on their missions in new and interesting ways.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Reveals Open Data Efforts in New Report
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released a reportrevealing the agency’s commitment to open data and to providing the user community with better access to data in the near term. With their final plan due in the summer, the USPTO hopes to one day become an “API factory” for end users said Thomas Beach, a senior advisor for the agency. You can read more on this story here…
One of the most fundamental ways in which agencies can reduce costs while increasing efficiency is to ensure they understand their system architecture and information technology ecosystem at a very granular level. With this enhanced visibility into your infrastructure, applications, and systems, agencies can then make correlations from these assets back to mission objectives in order to gauge where there is potential to eliminate redundancy and waste.
The ModernGOV IT Summit is April 1st; have you registered yet?
Set to deliver interactive strategic discussions on the biggest IT transformation challenges facing government leaders today, the panels at the ModernGOV summit will bring together visionaries and leading technologists from both civilian and military agencies to develop proactive strategies for business process analytics, real-time integration, and cost-effective IT alignment with agency mission, to name a few of the summit’s agenda goals.