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.
Two Office of Management and Budget officials spoke March 4 about the Obama administration's management agenda in the coming fiscal year as detailed in the fiscal 2015 budget proposal.
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.
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.
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.
Lack of a consistent definition of what constitutes "information technology" spending across the federal government continues to hamper oversight efforts, finds the Government Accountability Office. For example, in the most recent budget cycle, Energy officials decided that supercomputer projects no longer constitute an IT project, the GAO says, despite adding up to $368 million and accounting for nearly a quarter of departmental IT spending in fiscal 2012.
In a hearing characterized by interruptions and flashes of anger by members of Congress at each other, healthcare.gov project manager Henry Chao told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that his decision to disable an anonymous shopper feature on the troubled website was driven by technical difficulties, not White House pressure."It failed so miserably that we could not conscionably let people use it," Chao said.
Efforts throughout government to cut the cost of federal data centers continue to grind along, with the General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency recently announcing separate progress. The Homeland Security Department also published a Sept. 30 request for information that said the department plans to transition from a data center model where it pays for data centers by the square foot to an "as-a-service" model where it pays for use.
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.
Damage control and political fire-fanning dominate the fourth week of healthcare.gov's existence, making the federal healthcare insurance website for the 36 states that refused to build their own insurance exchange the locus for partisan divide and continuing criticism of federal information technology management. A poll shows that a majority of Americans may already believe that website problems are part of a broader problem with the health insurance law's implementation.