04.04.2012 DorobekINSIDER: Charting the future of government tech with Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel
He had one of those overhead projectors — yes, really. Apparently they found one in a White House closet.
Then used ASCII. Then PowerPoint. And then an iPad… to show the evolution of tech.
VanRoekel says the aim of his office is to cut down the amount of money agencies spend on technology operations and maintenance so that they can plow that money back into new initiatives.
Since 2009 the federal tech budget has flattened out to roughly $80 billion. So now agencies need to innovate without expanding their budgets. VanRoekel outlined how they can achieve that goal.
- Root out duplication and implement Share First
- Strengthen the role of the CIO
- Data center consolidation — goal is to go down by 40%
- Cloud — implement FedRamp across government this year
VanRoekel says agencies also need to focus on the mission — Focus on Service Delivery
- Maximize investments — growing profit is easier than growing costs
- Address the productivity gap
- Improve business and citizen interactions
- Cybersecurity needs to be incorporated into everything tech
Government cannot work in a silo. VanRoekel compared the data overload to the music industry.
- “Right now government couples data and presentations together. But they need to break it up and find relatedness across platforms. Think of government data like the music industry. You used to buy a whole album from the store. Now you go on iTunes and you can buy one song at a time, not the whole package.”
- “And with iTunes Genius and Pandora similar content is sent directly to you. Government needs to do that with data.”
— Emily Jarvis