5 Lessons From Federal IT Project Reviews

TechStat IT oversight program saved more than $900 million, offers insights for IT managers from all sectors.

Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributor

December 21, 2011

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Federal Data Center Consolidation Makes Progres

Federal Data Center Consolidation Makes Progress

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The federal government's investment in reviewing underperforming IT projects to see how they can be improved--a program known as TechStat--is paying off.

Federal agencies have achieved nearly $932 million in cost savings since they began project oversight through the review program, U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel said recently, and the Federal CIO Council has now released a report of lessons learned from instituting the TechStat program.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched TechStat in January 2010 to oversee reviews of troubled IT projects. By December 2010, the OMB had handed over the program to agencies themselves, who have since carried out IT project oversight.

[ Learn more about VanRoekel's priorities for 2012. See White House Moves To Future-Proof Government IT. ]

Through their work, agencies identified five key lessons learned to engage in effective TechStat reviews. They are:

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