John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office’s CIO, said the agency used to spend 85 percent of its IT budget on operations and maintenance (O&M) support and 15 percent on development, modernization and enhancements (DME) of systems. Now, the agency spends 50 percent on each. That change has allowed it to upgrade IT systems without additional money.
John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office’s chief information officer, said moving to an agile approach and creating small teams of experts is helping the agency get capabilities to the mission area faster and more successfully.
Federal chief information officer Tony Scott said agencies are spending too much of their money on legacy technology that can’t easily be secured, and the people who have built and supported it are leaving government service. HUD, EPA, SSA and the Patent and Trademark Office are among the agencies trying to transform their IT infrastructures.
John Owens, the chief information officer of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, said automated tools and human analysis ensure software code is secure.
Without a doubt, IT modernization and digital transformation are hot topics in the federal community.
The Transportation Department brings on Vicki Hildebrand from the private sector to run its technology office.