GAO issues report on IT consolidation: This week, GAO issued a report highlighting the potential savings that could be achieved through IT consolidation. The new report pegs that number at nearly $6 billion or more than twice what the Obama Administration has been highlighting that we could expect from their IT consolidation effort known as PortfolioStat. The GAO review covered the 26 major agencies that are required to participate in PortfolioStat, and found 200 consolidation opportunities, essentially double what OMB has identified. The report also criticized agencies for poor planning and inadequate reporting under the PortfolioStat program. Here’s the full GAO report.
Healthcare.gov problems rekindle debate over procurement reform: At a campaign event on Monday, President Obama personally raised the issue of reforming the way the government buys IT in response to problems associated with the Healthcare.gov website. The President’s comments come on the heels of comments mades by Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel who called the Healthcare.gov issues “a teachable moment” last month. For what it’s worth, the government IT industry has been pushing to reform the federal IT acquisition process for as long as I can remembers and with legislation being pushed by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) included in the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act some changes may be on the horizon. FedNewsRadio has a good report.
Defense Secretary Hagel to target cyber in Quadrennial Review: Secretary Hagel announced this week that he plans to address the issue of cybersecurity in the upcoming Defense Quadrennial Review, recognizing that it is an issue of increasing importance and threat. The QDR is due in February and this year’s planning is of increased importance due to the ongoing challenges created by sequester level funding across DOD. FCW is tracking the issue.
FedRAMP needs more approved CSPs: Federal Times has an article this week highlighting the ongoing challenges of the FedRAMP program, which becomes mandatory for cloud service providers operating in the federal government in June 2014, just 8 months away. To date GSA has approved 24 third party assessment organizations to review CSP applications for FedRAMP approval and there are 10 approved CSPs, eight who have gone through GSA and two who have agency approved authority to operate. The pipeline remains strong for CSPs who are in line to get through the process but more definitely need their provisional FedRAMP ATO for the government to have the options it needs come June 2014. SIIA hosted an event on FedRAMP this week to discuss the progress GSA has made with the program. Here’s the recap of the event.
Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG) at SIIA. Follow his PSIG tweets at @SIIAPSIG. Sign up for the Public Sector Innovation Roundup email newsletter for weekly updates.