U. S. Chief Information Officer: Doing More with Less Through Strategic Investments [Strategy]

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The new U.S. CIO, Steven VanRoekel, has updated the initial 25 point plan that was released in 2010 by the first U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra.

Some of the main challenges have been:

  • IT Reform #5 – Stand-up contract vehicles for Commodity IT services
  • IT Reform #17 – Work with Congress to create IT budget models that align with modular development
  • IT Reform #20 – Work with Congress to consolidate Commodity IT spending under Agency CIO
The items that will be focused on in the next 12-18 months (numbers are referenced from original plan for continuity):
  • 2. Create a government-wide marketplace for data center availability
  • 8. Scale IT program management career path
  • 12. Enable IT program manager mobility across government and industry
  • 16. Reduce barriers to entry for small innovative technology companies
  • 23. Rollout “TechStat” model at the bureau level

Pretty nice to have a 25 point plan to walk into the job with and review then work on the remainders while you formulate the next goals.

There is also discussion on the launch of FedRAMP.  The goals of which are to:

  • Accelerate the adoption of secure cloud solutions through reuse of assessments and authorizations
  • Increase confidence in security of cloud solutions
  • Achieve consistent security authorizations using a baseline set of agreed upon standards to be used for Cloud product approval in or outside of FedRAMP
  • Ensure consistent application of existing security practices
  • Increase confidence in security assessments
  • Increase automation and near real-time data for continuous monitoring

[via CIO.gov]

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