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Federal CIO calls for government-wide 'IT as a Service'

Kenneth Corbin | April 1, 2013
White House PortfolioStat 2.0 offers updated roadmap for overhaul of federal IT operations, calling for shift to cloud computing, CIO empowerment.

In that light, the administration has identified empowering CIOs as a best practice, calling for a more centralized authority within a department or agency that would work under a holistic view of the organization's various IT deployments.

Similarly, VanRoekel and Zients call for the implementation of investment review boards comprised of C-level officers to evaluate IT programs in the context of the agency's enterprise architecture and spot waste and duplication.

Congress Addresses Inefficiencies in Federal IT

Members of Congress have also been working to address inefficiencies in the federal IT operation. Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a bipartisan bill that aims to curb waste in government technology. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act ( FITARA) would expand the role of federal CIOs, making those at the 16 major civilian agencies presidential appointees and codifying a direct reporting relationship with the agency head.

Several leading trade groups representing the technology sector, including TechAmerica and the Software and Information Industry Association, praised the provisions in the bill empowering agency CIOs, but at the same time have warned against other sections they say could create new challenges for tech companies seeking to contract with the federal government.


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