Weekly Roundup: November 13 - November 17, 2017

Friday, November 17th, 2017 - 15:25
Michael J. Keegan VA needs money fast for health record program. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is ready to sign a contract with electronic health records firm Cerner to replace the agency's aging, homegrown Vista system. But to get moving on the deal quickly, VA needs to move some money around. The department wants to move fast, with an initial rollout of the new system planned for 18 months after the contract is signed.

Weekly Roundup: July 17 - 21, 2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017 - 13:03
Michael J. Keegan White House pushes TBM for IT savings and smarter spending.  Chris Liddell, the president's director of strategic initiatives, thinks the federal government may be spending as much as $200 billion on IT each year -- far more than is generally acknowledged.  Better data and metrics, he argued at a July 20 White House event, is critical to bringing down that spend.

Weekly Roundup: June 26-30, 2017

Friday, June 30th, 2017 - 13:44
John Kamensky Restored Faith.  FedScoop reports on comments by Cong. Gerry Connelly at a conference, noting: “With agencies now required to report their spending data in compliance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, it’s a chance for the federal government to earn some trust from the American people.”

Weekly Roundup May 20, 2016

Friday, May 20th, 2016 - 12:45
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:01
Michael J. Keegan Report card day: Agencies remain average or below on IT reforms. House lawmakers are set to release the second scorecard grading agencies’ implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the progress across all four categories is limited.

Moving Forward with FITARA: Agency CIOs Can Lead Real and Lasting Change

Thursday, November 19th, 2015 - 10:26
The scenario: A House government oversight subcommittee chairman and ranking member have a strong interest in how agencies are managing technology, in light of a new law that gives agency CIOs more leverage over operations. The subcommittee leaders ask the Government Accountability Office to assess agency performance in key areas, and the subcommittee then takes the assessment and assigns grades that come back with far more Ds and Fs than As and Bs.

Weekly Roundup: October 12-16, 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015 - 17:24
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 17:18
Dan Chenok #FITARA can help #CIOs address financing for #IT, say panel of Federal leaders at @affirmtweets:

Weekly Roundup: August 24-28, 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - 8:49
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 08:44
Dan Chenok OPM bringing new perspectives to helping agencies on HR enhancements.    OMB leading efforts to improve training and workforce skills for acquiring IT.  GSA improving acquisition websites with new apps  

Creating a Balanced Portfolio of Information Technology Metrics

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - 15:08
Information technology has made possible the availability of real-time data and the tools to display that data, such as dashboards, scorecards, and heat maps. This has boosted the use of data and evidence by government decision makers in meeting their agency and program missions. But what about the use of performance metrics by agency chief information officers themselves?

The DATA Act Moves Forward

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - 9:27
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 09:16
Across the government, agencies are working under leadership from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Treasury to implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).  This statute, which we first wrote about a year ago in two posts, calls upon OMB and Treasury to ensure that the government carries out spending transparency activities that

FITARA Guidance Moves Forward

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - 11:33
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 11:07
OMB conducted a broad set of internal and external outreach meetings to draft the guidance, and is now taking comments  on that draft. OMB strongly encourages substantive comments to be sent today to allow for careful consideration of early feedback.  This process could be a model for OMB guidance in other areas.