Federal IT in the New Year
Posted on: January 7, 2016

Why Agencies Don’t Know What They Spend on IT

https://fcw.com/articles/2016/01/05/cost-commission-fitara.aspx, Jan. 5, 2016

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) challenges Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to take increased ownership of technology acquisitions, strengthen management controls, and improve enterprise-wide IT program management.  In this article, Mr. Schneider explains feedback from top CIOs in the federal government who continue to be faced with IT program management challenges.  Through support by a technology business management group called TBM Council, industry CIOs are focused on addressing central taxonomy options, investment work streams, reports and data requirements.

In July, Z Street Consulting highlighted our top 3 reasons why agencies should take FITARA series. The top three benefits of a successful FITARA implementation could include:

  • Increased transparency of taxpayer dollar investments
  • Integrated systems with cleaner data
  • Improved implementations of new IT systems through expert involvement

Our full blog can be found at z-st.co/1HfYPzy.


VA CIO LaVerne Council: IT Plan Provides ‘Stepping Stones’ for 2016

http://fedscoop.com/va-looks-to-capitalize-on-2015-stepping-stones, Dec. 29, 2015

Mr. Mitchell recounts a recent email from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) CIO, LaVerne Council, on ways the agency can leverage IT improvements in 2015 to drive further growth in 2016.  Ms. Council’s message to staff aligns with the overarching VA strategy to bring the focus back to the veteran community, who are the customers and highest priority for the organization.  By utilizing an IT enterprise strategy, ongoing cultural shifts, and new IT account management team, Ms. Council believes that the organization is headed in the right direction to transform technology and to support world-class care for veterans.