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No Digital Government Strategy 2.0 waiting in the wings

Anyone anticipating a formal follow-up to the Digital Government Strategy should stop doing so, senior federal information technology officials told a March 7 conference audience.

The president's 2015 budget request

The federal information technology spending proposal for the coming fiscal year totals $79.1 billion, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Tuesday during a  call  with reporters. It includes $35.4 billion for the Defense Department and $43.7 billion for civilian agencies. As always with OMB calculations about federal IT spending, that figure doesn't account for classified spending.

Federal CIO Council shared services catalog could be indicator of policy stasis

When the Federal CIO Council  announced  in April 2013 a catalog of shared services available to agencies in furtherance of the Office of Management and Budget's policy of "Shared First,"  FierceGovernmentIT grew curious about the contents of the catalog. FierceGovernmentIT filed almost immediately a Freedom of Information Act request for a list of all the services in the catalog. We wanted to see the building blocks of the transformation, but couldn't on our own, since OMB keeps the list behind a password protected  website.

Mixed year for e-gov and White House technology funds

Under the omnibus spending act (H.R. 3547) that funds federal agencies through this fiscal year, the e-government fund administered by the General Services Administration at the behest of the Office of Management and Budget has $16 million in appropriations. The Office of Management and Budget itself will have $10 million for its Integrated, Efficient, and Effective Uses of Information Technology fund.

VanRoekel: Healthcare.gov failure a 'teachable moment'

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The development problems of healthcare.gov are a "teachable moment," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. "It's often notable risk taking or notable failures that teach us how to do things differently in the future," he told an audience at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.

Federal CIO Council makes breakthrough reorganization

The Federal Chief Information Officer Council announced Aug. 9 a reorganization effort that will shift its work to operate in three core committees--innovation; portfolio management; and information security and identity management.

Definition changes 'driving force' behind federal data center tally, says VanRoekel

Changes in the Office of Management and Budget definition of "data center" are more responsible for the growth in enumerated federal data centers than poor inventory management, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told a July 25 House panel.

VanRoekel: Risk status of projects on IT Dashboard unreliable

The risk status of information technology projects listed on the IT Dashboard isn't verified and shouldn't necessarily be trusted, acknowledged Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel during a July 25 House  hearing. "We don't in OMB, in my office, track the self-reported status as the key indicator of performance on investments. It's a fool's errand to track self-reported," he said.

GAO can't validate OMB's TechStat cost savings claims

The Office of Management and Budget's estimated governmentwide cost savings from TechStat Accountability Sessions, the oversight program it uses to review agencies' troubled technology investments, could be grossly overstated. Based on agency documentation, the Government Accountability Office identified only $22.2 million in cost savings and avoidances.

CIOs still lack authority, say GAO, CIOs

"It's a no brainer to give them authority over the commodity IT and we eventually want to move certain agencies where they have input on the mission critical applications. But what we're learning on PortfolioStat is that CIOs are struggling having authority over commodity IT," said David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office.