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.
"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.
"We have implemented a governmentwide analytics program across federal websites that allow us to have a view--while respecting security and privacy of the people accessing it--a view of people as they move through the federal websites," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel.
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.
Six deliverables were unveiled across government May 23--20 percent of all the goals laid out in the plan. Five of the announcements were directly related to mobile adoption, use and services in the federal government, while one advances open data efforts around APIs and data.gov.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will serve as the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management.
During a May 15 press briefing, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel acknowledged there could be downstream infrastructure costs associated with successful data liberation. These costs will be dealt with on an individual basis, said VanRoekel.
A White House memo and executive order ordering agencies to make machine-readable open data the default when standing up new systems or modernizing existing ones will "create opportunities around transparency and efficiency inside the walls of government as well as fuel economic opportunity on the outside," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel during a May 9 White house press call.
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.
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.