Titans Breakfast featuring Jeff ZientsAn NVTC Signature Event
November 19, 2010
In his remarks, Zients described five structural changes for IT improvement, developed by the Obama administration to help the federal government achieve productivity gains similar to those seen in the private sector over the past two decades. First, the government will align the budget and acquisitions with the technology cycle. Between increasing budget flexibility and speeding up acquisitions, Zients plans to eliminate the structural disconnect between the government's acquisition process and the technology cycle, starting by identifying pilot projects in which to develop a framework for increased budget flexibility and greater oversight.
Next, in order to strengthen IT program management, Zients announced that the federal government is creating a formal career track for professional IT program managers. They will not place a program manager for an IT project, until the program management teams are hardwired into the agency's organizational structure.
The third structural change announced by Zients is to streamline governance and increase accountability through changes such as reconstituting Investment Review Boards and using the TechStat review model launched by U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to drive interventions and decision making on specific projects and provide meaningful oversight.
Fourth, Zients announced that the government would be increasing its engagement with the IT community, in part by removing barriers to communication that are hurting productivity.
Finally, Zients announced a new "cloud first" policy in which the federal government will seek cloud-based light technologies and shared solutions to adopt before considering the development of new government-specific technologies. In addition, he announced a 40 percent reduction of the federal government's data center footprint by 2015.
Concluding his remarks, Zients shared his six-month execution plan for the new federal IT strategy.
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