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Federal IT Reform: Are More Laws Needed?
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Andrew Hornback
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Andrew Hornback,
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3/2/2013 | 4:40:05 AM
re: Federal IT Reform: Are More Laws Needed?
John, giving agency CIOs more authority is a great idea, but until they they more budgetary power, there won't be a whole lot of people listening to them. Until you have control of the checkbook, you don't have authority - that's my experience.

The first and foremost increase in accountability has to be a requirement to review all open IT projects in the federal sector that are 36 months old or older. With the rate at which innovations happen in the IT world, what may have been a good idea 3 years ago may no longer be required. Technology moves fast, federal IT has to take a page from the corporate IT world and be more agile.

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rpeterson537
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2/28/2013 | 6:46:23 PM
re: Federal IT Reform: Are More Laws Needed?
The bill encourages the use of open source software which should help reduce software costs.
I didn't see any mention of standards such as XML.
John Foley
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2/28/2013 | 2:46:28 PM
re: Federal IT Reform: Are More Laws Needed?
Federal IT management is moving in the right direction and there are good results to show. I would give a thumbs up to what's being done in data center consolidation, cloud adoption, shared services, mobility, and cybersecurity. And credit where credit it due -- federal IT spending has been flat, even slightly down, over the past four years. But more can and should be done. There are still too many large-scale, poor-performing IT projects, ROI data is lacking, IT acquisition needs improvement, and too many agencies are dependent on outdated legacy systems. I'm not convinced that new laws are the fix. I would start by giving agency CIOs authority, applying more in the way of performance metrics, and increasing accountability.


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