Ask the CIO

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller talks to federal chief information officers about the latest technology trends and issues facing their agencies.


Through CoEs, USDA starts proving what's possible with IT modernization

The Agriculture Department is moving closer to ending the planning stage and entering the operational stage of the Trump administration's Centers of Excellence IT modernization initiative. USDA and the General Services Administration will host a CoE phase 2 planning session on June 27 for contractors to learn about their procurement strategies. The details from phase GSA and USDA awarded four vendors contracts to support phase 1 in March. Gary Washington, the USDA chief information officer, said his agency as well as GSA, detailees and vendors helping on this transformation effort have to keep one very important fact in mind: This is not about technology.
00:41:27 6/14/2018

Past Episodes

Wayne Jones, the chief information officer at the NNSA, said he is taking a hybrid approach to modernizing systems and applications.
00:42:50 6/7/2018
John Sherman, the Intelligence Community's chief information officer, wanted to tamp down any rumors about why the IC signed a deal to bring Microsoft's cloud into the mix. He tells it all to Executive Editor Jason Miller on Ask the CIO.
00:43:21 5/31/2018
Pam Wolfe, the chief of the Enterprise Services Division in the NASA Shared services office, said because of robotics process automation, her office can review grant applications more quickly.
00:43:11 5/23/2018
GSA started down the path using the Technology Business Management (TBM) framework more than two years ago. David Shive, the chief information officer for GSA, said he began with TBM for purely selfish reasons.
00:42:51 5/17/2018
Jonathan Sullivan, a digital services expert at the U.S. Digital Service, said modernizing the Quality Payment Program for CMS required a change in approach.
00:43:10 5/9/2018
The U.S. Digital Service helped SBA modernize the applications to apply for government contracting programs.
00:45:00 5/6/2018
The Veterans Affairs Department is working on no less than 11 different modernization projects to improve the portal. These include straightforward efforts like getting VA to the cloud and improving procurement of technology. Marvo Dolor, the deputy executive director of digital services at the VA, said one of the more challenging initiatives was to create a single-sign on capability for the portal.
00:43:13 4/26/2018
Dominic Cussatt, VA's chief information security officer, said VA has addressed several long-standing cyber problems, including the use of two-factor authentication.
00:43:13 4/19/2018
Russell Roberts, the TSA chief information officer, said IT network and hardware upgrades are laying the groundwork for cloud migration.
00:43:23 4/12/2018
Steve Grewal, who recently joined Cohesity as its CTO after leaving as the deputy CIO at GSA, said agencies should categorize the apps that can move to the cloud immediately.
00:43:18 4/5/2018

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