Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott plans to issue updated data center consolidation guidelines to agency CIOs in the coming months.
Legacy systems impair the government's ability to secure its information technology, said Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott.
After 15 years, the Office of Management and Budget issued a draft update to the major policy that governs how agencies plan, budget, acquire, manage personnel, secure, share and maintain information technology resources.
The Office of Management and Budget will require federal civilian agencies and departments to purchase new desktops and laptops through one of three existing contract vehicles rather than through independently run solicitations.
The Office of Management and Budget is squarely focused on cybersecurity, following the breach of 21.5 million individuals' records at the Office of Personnel Management this summer, and it appears that the office wants to boost its cybersecurity expertise even further.
The 30-day "cybersecurity sprint" federal agencies undertook in response to serious data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management wrapped up July 12. Now, agencies await review from senior Obama administration officials and the promised Federal Civilian Cybersecurity Strategy.
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta submitted her resignation to President Barack Obama on Friday, according to an emailed statement from an agency spokesperson. Archuleta steps down just one day after publicly announcing that 21.5 million individuals' sensitive records were stolen in a breach of the agency's background investigation database.
During the last of three congressional hearings held last week to address data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta held her ground in refusing to peg a final number on compromised records.
The federal government already has a great deal of talent in data science, but agencies aren't organized to best leverage it for their programs, said Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott.
OMB laid out its plan for implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which gives CIOs a greater role in IT program governance, personnel processes and improves the transparency into IT investments.