OMB and GSA try for agility in IT development, oversight

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The Office of Management and Budget plans to revamp its TechStat agency information technology oversight methodology, said Beth Corbet, deputy director for management at OMB.

Cobert said a new TechStat approach will allow federal chief information officers to take an incremental, agile approach rather than focusing on static compliance. She testified during a March 12 hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

"As we think about a process like TechStat, you don't want to be measuring compliance with requirements. You want to be looking early about how we're looking at needs," Cobert told the committee.

The idea of more quickly, efficiently and openly delivering federal IT may be catching on at the General Services Administration as well.

GSA unveiled March 12 a new office called 18F, presumably named after the address of GSA headquarters at 1800 F St. NW. The office's inaugural blog post explains that it is a startup within GSA, which encompasses the Presidential Innovation fellows program, and in-house designers, developers and project managers from within government.

18F plans to partner with agencies to provide digital services, apply lean startup principles, provide agencies with digital tools and develop transparently in the open, says the blog post.

It's unclear what the new office means for GSA's digital services innovation center, which shares a similar mission within the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

The new office follows a recent overhaul of HowTo.gov, which is run by OCSIT, and shifting several of the sites blogs as well as DigitalGovernment University resources to a new website called digitalgov.gov. Even on Twitter, @GovNewMedia was halted and rolled into @Digital_Gov.

For more:
- go to the hearing page (includes archived webcast and prepared testimony)

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