Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:36
The imperative to improve the business operations of the U.S. Department of Defense has never been greater. Secretary of Defense Gates and Deputy Secretary Lynn have clearly articulated the pressing need for reform, driving action across all business areas such as acquisition and logistics, finance, and personnel. Transforming these business processes and systems is motivated by the need to make better use of resources, improve stewardship, and provide the best support possible to the warfighters.
Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:55
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its first-ever Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) that delineates a strategy focusing on five mission priority areas for the homeland security enterprise. “Mission one is preventing terrorism and enhancing the security of the country.
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:50
In 2013 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) embarked on an ambitious effort to modernize its information technology infrastructure, transforming from an agency with 207 different IT systems to one with a cloud-based common data platform that would play a signifi- cant role in creating a more dynamic and agile enterprise.
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:38
As previously blogged in this space, one of the most prominent of these studies came from the TechAmerica Foundation, entitled “Government Technology Opportunity in the 21st Century.” A key commission recommendation is to expand the use of rapid, smaller steps to increase the agility in acquisition and program execution. This helps make IT results earlier and more efficient. It also helps identify and manage risk throughout the lifecycle of an IT project. This can help make IT more effective.
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:29
Cloud computing, social networks, identity … the promise of new technologies to help Federal agencies reach their goals is stronger than ever. At the same time, agencies and contractors who want innovation to bring change are often stymied by lengthy, complex government processes, including those for hiring or training good IT Program Managers, requesting funds though the Federal Budget (a 2-year cycle), and doing an acquisition once the funds are awarded. Add to this an environment where government and industry see more reasons not to talk to reach other about risks and rewards than they
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:05
As mentioned here a few days ago in blog entry on innovation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been given in fiscal year 2010, what seems to be a large pot of money and new authority to conduct a transformation initiative in four areas that have been historically underfunded in HUD as well as most other agencies:
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:45
In the corporate world, and throughout the federal government, information is a very valuable asset. Having timely access to this information, and using it to inform strategic decision making, have become critical in today’s competitive, networked, and interconnected world. Information technology (IT) plays a central role in making this happen. We spoke with Dr. Robert D.