Photo: White House/Pete Souza

Photo: White House/Pete Souza


Federal Times outlines
how Obama’s 2016 budget – and the hiring of high-profile industry executives as the nation’s top technologists – will combine in an effort to bring better services to citizens while making spending more efficient.

From the article:

The administration’s IT agenda centers on three core objectives: driving value in IT investments, protecting federal assets and information and delivering “world-class” digital services.

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The [PortfolioStat] program, designed to keep agencies on track while developing IT projects, is a centerpiece of the administration’s overall strategy to deliver services faster by using best practices from the private sector, like agile development and cloud computing.

To bolster this shift in thinking, the administration has brought in heavy-hitters from some of the biggest names in IT.

The new Federal CIO, Tony Scott, came most recently from VMware, a company with deep ties in the federal sphere that provides the core stack that most agency IT systems run on.

The nation’s other top technologist, Federal CTO Megan Smith, is a former Google executive who believes government can be as fast and agile as the private sector.

“We’re the country that built Amazon, we built Facebook, we built Twitter – we built these incredible things. So shouldn’t our websites and our mobile sites be that great?” Smith said during an ACT-IAC event recognizing innovation in government.

“We have crazy IT spending going on,” she said. “We need to get control over that. The best way to do that is start to have innovative technical people there who can help with architecting and thinking about that.”

Full article: President’s budget outlines future of federal IT | Federal Times