Benjamin Bergersen, the chief information officer of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, said the agency uses a combination of NIST documents, FedRAMP information and other data to understand and mitigate risk to their IT systems.
The Office of Management and Budget and new White House Office of American Innovation are working together on a 90-day sprint to develop a series of work streams on a variety of topics. Teams will recommend new ideas on ways to improve shared services mechanisms, the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) policy and federal hiring process.
The Office of Management and Budget issued implementation guidance for the cybersecurity executive order, giving agencies four deadlines over the next three months.
President Donald Trump’s much anticipated and long-waited executive order refocuses agencies’ cybersecurity efforts and further details the new American Technology Council’s role.
Contracting trends will likely continue into the next fiscal year. The only difference will be which agencies are spending the money.
Linda Springer, a senior adviser at OMB, said the Trump administration is borrowing from past administrations and modifying many long-held concepts to reorganize and restructure the government.
The Office of Management and Budget’s ambitious plan to reorganize and restructure the government is asking agencies to consider ideas such as shared services, insourcing and outsourcing and all-but-mandating the use of existing multiple-award contracts. These concepts have real potential to change and transform agencies and their mission areas.
The Commerce Department built a business case detailing how it would centralize all back-office functions — human resources, financial management, technology and procurement — over a three-year period.
Beth Killoran, the chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, said over the past two years the agency went from having about 1 percent of all systems in the cloud to an expected 41 percent by the end of 2017.
The federal inspectors general community has an opportunity, as the federal hiring freeze and other resources continue to tighten, to share administrative and mission areas services.
The Agriculture Department’s National Finance Center, which provides payroll for 650,000 federal employees, has initiated its continuity of operations plan after New Orleans was hit by severe weather.
The Unified Shared Services Management office released a concept of operations and an RFI for software-as-a-service as part of its plan to continue moving the initiative forward in 2017.
The Unified Shared Services Management Office at GSA released a new 10-year vision for federal back-office shared services that relies on a subscription or as-a-service model to deal with the needs for upfront spending.
The government has made progress in the last 15 years, but it’s nowhere near a fully digital model.
The Modernization Government Technology Act received approval from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Sept. 15 and will likely get voted on by the full House on Sept. 20.