U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra and Professional Services Council President and CEO Stan Soloway Address NVTC Board

U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and Professional Services Council (PSC) President and CEO Stan Soloway joined a meeting of the NVTC Board of Directors this morning in Reston, Va. During the meeting, Kundra discussed President Barack Obama's information technology agenda as reflected in the fiscal 2012 budget and Soloway touched on the impacts of a possible federal government shutdown, proposed defense contracting changes and cuts, and contracting innovation.

U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra during his presentation to the NVTC Board.
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra during his presentation to the NVTC Board.

During his remarks, Kundra gave an overview of the four parts of the president's Technology Agenda: fixing large-scale IT management within the $80 billion per year IT spending budget, adopting more efficient technologies, enhancing federal information security, and promoting accountability and innovation through open government.

Kundra then discussed agency-level shifts in IT funding in the fiscal 2012 budget, and provided an update on the federal government's 25-Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management, which includes moving government services to the cloud, shifting from asset ownership to service provisioning, and eliminating redundant infrastructure investments including shutting down more than 800 data centers.

Kundra also described the government's efforts to deliver innovative IT solutions through private sector and academic challenges and prizes, as well as by encouraging private sector use of the Data.gov platform to develop mobile apps. To view Kundra's presentation, click here.

Professional Services Council's Stan Soloway<br>addresses the NVTC Board.
Professional Services Council's Stan Soloway
addresses the NVTC Board.

Following Kundra's presentation, Soloway addressed the implications for the region's contracting community, including subcontractors, of a possible federal government shutdown after the current continuing resolution expires on March 18, encouraging the use of PSC's Government Shutdown Resource Center. He cautioned that comparisons with the 1995 federal government shutdown aren't completely applicable to the current situation given the nature of today's contracting environment.

Soloway also discussed government austerity and efficiency measures, growing compliance challenges, and the reality vs. hype of the contracting cuts proposed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates last year. He expressed concern that the current contracting climate will negatively impact the contracting community's ability to innovate and compete for top technology talent in the future.

The meeting ended with a Q&A session in which Kundra and Soloway answered questions about how economic growth may impact future federal budgets, whether being located close to government clients will be as essential in the future, and the importance of the federal government providing states with more flexibility in how they spend federal IT funds.