Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel hosted a press call May 23 to discuss 1 year of deliverables under the Office of Management and Budget's Digital Government Strategy.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will serve as the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management.
Thursday, May 23 marks the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration's unveiling of the Digital Government Strategy , and with that milestone comes an array of deliverables that are due under the strategy. FierceGovernmentIT has compiled an at-a-glance scorecard to assess what's complete, what's missing and to what degree things changed since the plan rolled out last May.
The federal courts system needs $72.9 million in supplemental funding this year to prevent layoffs and other repercussions from sequester-related budget cuts, says the Judicial Conference of the United States. "The judiciary is confronting an unprecedented fiscal crisis that could seriously compromise the constitutional mission of the United States courts," the letter says.
The Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as energy secretary on May 16 by a 97-0 vote. Moniz, previously a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was nominated in March to replace Steven Chu, also a former physics professor.
The task of pulling together a complete, standardized inventory of all of its data is an enormous task for agencies—one Martin admits could be an overwhelming challenge.
Savings so far from federal data center consolidation are difficult to estimate for their lack of reporting, but are "believed to be minimal" as of last November--nearly 3 years after the Office of Management and Budget launched an initiative to reduce the number of federal data centers by 40 percent--says the GAO.
OMB has a reputation for having "excellent professional staff," Brian Deese said. "It's also facing a lot of challenges today, and so I think that investing in making sure that the institution is able to continue to attract and recruit top-flight talent" will be key, he said.
Under the new policy, agencies must build and modernize information systems in a way that "maximizes interoperability and information accessibility, maintains internal and external data asset inventories, enhances information safeguards, and clarifies information management responsibilities," says the memo.
Homeland Security Department officials confirmed May 7 that Richard Spires, the departmental chief information officer since August 2009, is no longer in that position. Spires went on leave March 15. No new permanent CIO has been appointed, officials said, adding that Deputy CIO Margie Graves will continue as acting CIO.