When President Obama’s 2017 budget was released in early February, it was clear that a key focus of the administration’s final year was to drive a smarter and more efficient government through IT. Key sections of the budget confirmed what has been evident for some time now: that “[t]he Administration has embarked on a comprehensive effort to fundamentally improve the way that the Government delivers technology services to the public,” through means of “recruiting top technologists and entrepreneurs to work within agencies on the highest priority projects, leveraging the best processes to increase oversight and accountability for IT spending, and ramping up Government contracting with innovative companies.”
Data consolidation, an inherent aspect of agency modernization efforts, is an even more viable option for agencies as cloud and super computing take IT to levels barely imaginable 30 years ago.
The Federal Buying season is upon us and while there are many new empowerments in place for agency CIOs through FITARA, many are still approaching this upcoming buying season with apprehension.
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.
Government agencies are investing heavily in learning about how to become more agile and efficient in order to mitigate business costs while continuing to deliver on the mission. Although many agency leaders have focused on technology, agency leaders who are true change agents, understand that technology forms only part of the equation and know that people and processes are integral to success.
Last month, Software AG Government Solutions’ Chris Steel shared with readers of Information Week five practical tips to help government IT leaders drive modernization projects in the new year.
Innovation and agility and their ability to drive efficiency were the top terms overhead at the recent FedTalks event held in Washington D.C. last month. Speakers from across the public and private sectors challenged the “that’s the way we’ve always done it” mentality that commonly characterizes thinking within the federal government and encouraged change and modernization.
Efficiency. It’s the buzzword making its way around the corridors and conference rooms of many government agencies in late 2014. Like most catch phrases that make their way into government reports and agency directives, the idea has strong merit, but the question is always, how does an agency define efficiency and put a plan into action that drives towards that goal?