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3 Reasons We Don't Need Federal CIOs
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7/22/2014 | 12:34:37 PM
Corporate vs Mission and Control (or lack of it)
Bravo! Loved the article. I work for DOD and detest the corporatization of the Federal Enterprise as a whole- but especially for Enterprise Architecture. The love affair with processes takes away innovation, expertise, and agility. The insistence on running the Federal structure as a business unfortunately does not come with a group of shareholders - and sometimes a Board- that holds anyone accountable. So what you get are a lot of demands shoved into a business paradigm that holds no one accountable (except for the beleaguered CIO) and does not adapt to mission changes quickly. The Federal CIO cannot write a check for new equipment but must wait a year for money to fall from the sky in the June/July timeframe (when procurements happen pre Oct 1 new fiscal year). The Federal CIO has a full catchers mitt of all the requirements and none of the decisionmaking to assure success. The Federal CIO in underpaid and put in a pickle- caught between a rock and hard place. Suggest letting the Federal Government go back to empowered departments that do specific things, hire competent people (vice giving them workflows as a bible) and have higher-level managers make decsions and be held accountable for those decisions. There are 2 kinds of managers- umbrellas and funnels. The Federal CIO needs an umbrella and needs to be an umbrella for his/her organization.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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7/22/2014 | 9:56:33 AM
What's the proper role of OMB?
From the outside, it seems the OMB and the White House have made some positive steps with open data initiatives, etc. Is that just window dressing, from your POV? What is the proper role of the OMB in changing how IT is managed? I had the impression it was struggling to exert any central control -- but you seem to suggest that it's exerting too much.
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