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.
Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget plan to develop ways to streamline federal human resources policies and procedures including consolidating the way agencies measure employee performance, according to an OPM document.
Budget is the top concern among federal chief information officers in an annual survey from TechAmerica and Grant Thorton, published May 2. Based on interviews with 41 federal CIOs, report authors say federal information technology leaders are concerned about budget constraints caused by the continuing resolution and sequestration, and inadequate budget authorities that impact how much control they have over IT programs.
A new, independent agency would manage nuclear waste instead of the Energy Department under a bipartisan Senate bill, a draft of which was released April 25. The new agency, dubbed the Nuclear Waste Administration, would create a consent-based process to site nuclear waste facilities.
A bill introduced simultaneously in the House and Senate on April 22, would make the Office of Management and Budget set governmentwide customer service standards to improve response times for citizen requests and government services.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel envisions the fund building reference architectures, data collection models and other tools "to drive IT excellence forward." It will also fund a modest team to bring scientific rigor to program oversight, said VanRoekel.
The Federal CIO Council released April 16 a catalog of shared services in furtherance of the Office of Management and Budget policy of Shared First. The contents of the catalog, which are not classified, aren't public. The council also released an implementation guide (.pdf) that outlines steps agencies should undertake to implement shared services.