Planning Toward FY 2022 – A Peek at the Federal Budget

The Biden Administration recently issued its request for 2022 spending. This practice is really more of a policy effort than actual budgeting, but serves to illustrate administration priorities to inform agencies as to what is likely to get approved in the final budget. The 2022 budget request has a number of IT-specific priorities, starting with the funding of the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) at another $500 million for fiscal 2022. This would be in addition to the $1 billion that was invested as part of the American Rescue Plan Act--money that helped support the ongoing effort to digitize government services and operations.

The $58.4 billion in IT spending includes marked increases in the IT budgets of the Treasury Department, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Homeland Security. NASA and the Department of Commerce had small reductions to its IT budgets.

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A Short History of Shared Services…and What’s Next.

Shared Services in government is nothing new. The idea began in the 1980s with the consolidation of payroll and some other administrative functions. In the '90s the focus was on creating entities that could provide common business functions across government and, in that effort, become a cost center.

The 2000s saw the rise of the term 'Line of Business' that looked at common business functions across government to identify opportunities to transform, streamline and share. The Obama Administration looked specifically to IT as a shared service, releasing the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy that provided federal agency chief information officers and key stakeholders guidance. This guidance focused on the implementation of shared IT services as a key principle of their efforts to eliminate waste and duplication, with the intention to reinvest in innovative mission systems.

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FOSE 2013 Announces Mobile Government Track

Leading Government Executives to Explore Topics Including BYOD and the Digital Government Strategy

Vienna, Va - FOSE 2013 will highlight the importance of today's mobile landscape within government with a track focused on mobile challenges and best practices.   Sessions will look at top strategies and policies including Bring You Own Device (BYOD), application programming interfaces (APIs) and mobilizing enterprise systems. FOSE 2013 will take place May 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

"With promises of decreased costs and increased efficiencies, as well as the release of the Digital Government Strategy last year, mobility is one of the most relevant topics today," said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc.  "But implementing the strategy comes with a learning curve.  The mobile government program features best practices and planning that helps attendees find approaches that best fit their agency's mission."

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Commerce Department conference costs can be hard to pin down

Originally posted by Kedar Pavgi on GovExec

More than 60 percent of conference spending that Commerce Department bureaus reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was not based on actual costs incurred, according to a new report from Commerce's inspector general.

In an analysis of the department's spending on 24 conferences, the IG's report found that $772,282 of the total $1.7 million in reported spending was based on estimates. Auditors labeled another $282,637 of the total as unsupported costs.

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Government Information and Analytics Summit, Enterprise Architecture Conference Announce Keynotes

Vienna, Va - Michael Saylor, MIT graduate, best-selling author and technology entrepreneur, has just been announced as a keynote for the Government Information and Analytics Summit (GIAS), while an esteemed panel from the CIO Council - including Adrian Gardner, CIO of Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA and Simon Szykman, CIO of the Department of Commerce - as well as David M. Wennergren, Department of Defense (DoD) Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, will keynote the 10th Annual Enterprise Architecture (EA) Conference. These events are being co-located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC and will take place November 28-29, 2012.

Michael Saylor has received critical acclaim from Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, USA Today and The Washington Post and will be sharing insights from his recently released book, The Mobile Wave. The Mobile Wave takes an in-depth analysis into current mobile platforms, and suggests the natural development of a universal computing platform in the future. At GIAS, Saylor will also discuss how the development of mobile intelligence will redefine the lives of people around the world. Read More >>