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NVTC Members Attend White House Forum on IT Management Reform; White House Releases 25 Point Implementation Plan

As announced by U.S. Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients at our most recent NVTC Titans event on November 19, the White House has developed a five-part federal IT improvement plan, transforming how the federal government builds, procures and manages federal IT projects, to help the federal government achieve productivity gains similar to those seen in the private sector over the past two decades.

Last Thursday, December 9, Zients introduced this issue as U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled the 25 Point Implementation IT Management Reform Plan, a detailed execution plan for the federal IT reform, in front of an audience of government CIOs, IT professionals and contracting officials, including NVTC Board Members Mike Bradshaw of Google, Joe Doherty of ACS, A Xerox Company, Gary Pan of The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC, NVTC Treasurer Robin Lineberger of Deloitte Federal LLP and Rob Quartel of NTLEX. NVTC Members Dan Gordon of Valhalla Partners, Greg Myers of Board member company Microsoft Federal, and Stephen Sieke of Board Member company Serco also attended the briefing.

As part of the implementation plan, the federal government will focus on execution, oversight and transparency to deliver tangible results to stakeholders across the government and U.S. taxpayers. The White House stated that the 25 actions detailed in the reform plan will move the government toward the future, making it "more nimble, more cost effective, and more citizen-focused."

The plan is divided into two sections: "Achieving Operational Efficiency" and "Managing Large-Scale IT Programs Effectively." The first section outlines steps to adopt cloud solutions and leverage shared services, and the second covers the structural areas that impact the success rates of large IT programs across government.