For federal CIOs, change is good. Federal IT reform is even better. In December 2010, the Obama administration launched its 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, the goal of which was to tear down obstacles and pave a path for meaningful IT reform. By mid-2012, that effort was starting to “shock the system“ by cutting IT waste, saving taxpayer dollars and using technology to support a more efficient, effective government.
Putting the IT reform plan into action
Fast-forward to March 2013 and the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, which would codify much of the 25-point plan. The draft bill, which has bipartisan support, was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. This act gives agency CIOs more control over their IT budgets, encourages cloud computing and tackles a plethora of ineffective IT systems. Moreover, the legislation allows CIOs to deploy the right solutions at the best price through an acquisition process reflecting that of the private sector.
Other highlights of the bill include:
- Requiring agencies to have only one CIO, making bureau-level senior IT managers deputy CIOs
- Developing shared services and platforms to standardize IT applications across the government
- Consolidating IT procurement across departments and agencies to eliminate wasteful or redundant projects and improve efficiency
- Improving the training — and retaining — of IT acquisition workers
More efficient systems, better security in the offing
Paving this new path is not an easy task, by any means, but supporters agree that overhauling an obsolete IT system will lead to better efficiencies, heightened security — and more bang for the taxpayer’s buck. For more information on specific IT solutions and services, visit the Dell Federal Government site.Tags: Business,Government