The latest data on the Federal IT Dashboard shows agencies are spending almost 71 percent of their technology budgets on operations and maintenance and less than 21 percent on development, modernization and enhancements for systems.
Despite long-time efforts to swing the pendulum toward DME and away from O&M or legacy systems, agencies have struggled to spend more on new technology.
The Office of Management and Budget continues to encourage, support and push agencies to change their spending habits by investing in the cloud and shared services.
As the Modernizing Government Technology Act works its way through Congress, agencies can take steps to address this long-standing challenge.
OMB is working with the White House’s Office of American Innovation on a 90-day sprint addressing a host of initiatives on everything from cyber to cloud security to citizen services and the mechanisms that support them.
At the same time, OMB also is pushing agencies toward shared services for commodity and back office functions.
In President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget request to Congress, OMB writes that agencies can modernize and share IT and services by: adopting governmentwide standards; using the standards to reduce contract duplication for IT and professional services; and replacing legacy systems with modern solutions and services.
Now at the same time, agencies also looking to the cloud and modern infrastructures to improve how they deliver on mission areas.
Agencies such as the FCC, the FTC and the FBI have all taken advantage over the last few years of cloud, mobile computing and more compute power to impact their mission in dramatic ways.
For instance, the FBI says NGI in 2016 helped law enforcement officials process 650,000 criminal transactions daily versus just 160,000 a decade ago. The response time for searches today generate responses within 10 seconds, down from 2 hours in 2000.And NGI’s accuracy rate is on average 99.6 percent, up from 92 percent under IAFIS and the older technologies.
Whether it’s back office or mission systems, agencies need to focus on transforming its infrastructure and understanding user needs.
Jason Miller is a reporter whose work focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, e-government and acquisition policies and programs.
David Shive, Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration
David A. Shive is the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration. Mr. Shive oversees the GSA IT organization, and is responsible for information technology operations and ensuring alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities. He joined the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of the Chief Information Officer in November 2012. Concurrent to his role as CIO, David served as the Acting Commissioner of the newly formed Technology Transformation Service from July – November 2016. Prior to being named CIO, he was the Director of the Office of Enterprise Infrastructure, responsible for the enterprise information technology infrastructure platforms and capability that support the GSA business enterprise. He was also the Acting Director of HR and FM Systems for the GSA CFO and CPO offices. Prior to joining GSA, he served in the District of Columbia government as a Chief Information Officer. In this role, Mr. Shive had executive responsibility for agency IT operations including financial systems, security and privacy programs, internal controls and compliance, strategic planning, enterprise architecture and performance management and measurement programs and directed the transformation of enterprise systems and processes, to public/private cloud hybrid. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from California State University, Fresno; a master’s degree in research meteorology from the University of Maryland College Park; and a post-graduate management certificate from the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Management.
Rod Turk, Acting Chief Information Officer, Department of Commerce
Rod Turk is the Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Commerce.
Turk oversees information technology (IT) operations and budget, ensuring its alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities.
Turk joined the Department of Commerce’s Office of the Chief Information Officer in November 2015. Prior to being named Acting CIO, he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy Chief Information Officer. In this role, he managed and had oversight over the Department of Commerce’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and implementation of IT security best practices. He and his team manage Department-wide cybersecurity initiatives, programs, and monitoring at DOC, including Enterprise Security Operations Center (ESOC), risk assessment of the information technology owned or operated on behalf of DOC.
Margie Graves, Acting Federal Chief Information Officer
Margaret (Margie) H. Graves is Deputy Federal CIO for the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer drives value in Federal IT, delivers world-class digital services, protects Federal IT assets and information, and develops the next generation IT workforce. In her role, Margie works to improve the way Government delivers results and technology services to the public.
Angie Heise, Civil Group President, Leidos
Angela Heise is President of the Civil Group at Leidos. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing solutions to US Cabinet-level civil agencies and major elements of the public and private sector across the globe. Focus areas include air traffic automation, energy and the environment, federal infrastructure and logistics, IT and cybersecurity, and transportation security. Prior to this role, Heise served as vice president of Commercial Markets for Lockheed Martin-Commercial Cyber, where she was responsible for delivery of a portfolio of cybersecurity and information technology solutions and services to commercial Global 1000 customers.
Heise graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in computer science. She was recognized in 2012 as Aviation Week’s Top 40 under 40 and in 2013 was one of Federal Computing Week’s Top 100 Executives.
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.leidos.com.