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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Coordination is Key to CDO Success

Chief Data Officers (CDOs) are one of the newer positions in government, but their role is quickly becoming one of the most critical. A CDO is charged with overseeing data-related functions, including data management, ensuring data quality, and creating data strategy. For government agencies, this requires close coordination with the Federal Data Strategy and the DoD Data Strategy.

Both of these documents define the specific roles and responsibilities of data officers and provide a framework for working with and securing data. Of course, each agency has unique requirements and missions, leaving the CDO to work out how to apply this guidance and standards to their organization.

Agencies are meeting these guidelines and integrating CDOs in different ways. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced a department-level CDO office to better integrate data into its operations and those of other agencies. The need for this level of coordination was underscored as DHS launched a department-wide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs health centers. DHS needed to identify, contact and manage responses from workers, which meant collecting and reconciling many different datasets from across the department.

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DevOps Shines as Federal IT Modernization Efforts Grow

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The Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT) and other related initiatives are pushing agencies to move away from aging, legacy applications as well as costly, complex software projects. The goal is to have more secure, agile, and cost-effective IT infrastructures replace them.

DevOps, a moniker that is a combination of development and operations, is emerging as an approach that could help Federal agencies modernize and speed new development efforts, especially as they migrate to cloud services. DevOps is a software engineering culture as well as a practice that advocates automation and monitoring throughout the software development lifecycle. It generally pairs development teams with IT operations throughout the development cycle, eliminating the somewhat adversarial role that sometimes has naturally formed in many organizations. Continue reading

FOSE 2013 Announce New Project Management Track

Originally posted on Market Watch

Sessions to Examine Best Practices and Risk Management for Project Managers

FOSE 2013, in partnership with Project Management Institute (PMI), will offer a new track for attendees focused on educating project managers about reducing risks and effectively managing projects in the new budget environment. FOSE 2013 will take place May 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

"PMI, our partner in providing this new track, recently conducted a study that found organizations risk, on average, $135 million for every billion dollars they spend," said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc. "With budgets tighter than ever, this track is a perfect opportunity for government project managers to seek new insights on decreasing risks while saving funds."

The Project Management track at FOSE 2013 will feature a keynote, workshop and seven sessions dedicated to improving efficiencies and skills, managing risks, agile development and metrics for project managers. Attendees will learn best practices, organizational change models and lean-agile techniques as they hear from agency and industry experts, including:

-- Jan Frye, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Department of Veterans Affairs
-- Richard Warren, Systems Design and Development Branch Chief (Acting), Information Technology and Resources Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency
-- Craig Killough, PMI Vice President of Organization Markets

Project Management sessions include:
-- Doing More with Less: Efficient Government Through Project Management
-- Project Management Skills for Success
-- Organizational Change Management for Project Managers - Understanding the Impact of the Change we Lead
-- Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers
-- Leveraging Best Practices in Risk Management - For Strategic Outcomes
-- Accurate Requirements Could Be Your Key to Project Success
-- The Key to Agile: How Managing for Flow Produces Optimal Results
-- Identifying & Tracking Critical Project Metrics

Following the project management sessions, there will be a half-day workshop exploring the role of Project Management Offices and providing examples of models that track critical projects for federal agencies. The workshop will be held on May 16 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

For more information and to keep up-to-date on the full program agenda, visit www.fose.com. To see how FOSE addresses the technology road ahead, view the FOSE 2013 infographic at www.fose.com/techtrends.

About FOSE
FOSE, produced by 1105 Media's Government Events Group, is the premier government technology event that brings together federal, state, local and private sector partners to share the latest innovations and best practices in technology implementation. Focusing on policy, technology and management, FOSE 2013 covers Cybersecurity, Cloud and Virtualization, Mobile Government, Big Data and Business Intelligence as well as Records and Information Management and Project Management. FOSE 2013 will be held May 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. www.fose.com

About PMI
PMI is one of the world's largest not-for-profit membership associations for the project management profession. Our professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve their organizations' success and further mature the profession.

PMI's worldwide advocacy for project management is reinforced by our globally recognized standards and certification program, extensive academic and market research programs, chapters and communities of practice, and professional development opportunities. Visit us at www.PMI.org.

DoD bans entertainment, swag at conferences

Originally posted by Jolie Lee on Federal News Radio

No more motivational speakers, musicians or promotional swag. The Defense Department is banning entertainment-related expenses at its conferences.

The Pentagon memo on conference oversight also prohibits conference participants from receiving gifts, such as tickets to recreational events outside of the conference. And DoD conference organizers can't use funds to produce videos not related to the conference.

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