New reforms push more IT sharing, innovation

October 29, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Financial, Spending
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New governmentwide management reforms aim to reduce federal IT spending, beef up the government’s IT expertise and better promote adoption of more innovative technologies.

In his first policy address since becoming the federal chief information officer, Steven VanRoekel said IT managers must share existing IT systems and contracts to reduce duplication.

“It is very likely that many things that you want to acquire in the federal government have been acquired before,” VanRoekel told a technology industry audience in Palo Alto, Calif.

“We’ll share procurement, we’ll share technology, we’ll share expertise and we’ll share systems, both inside agencies and across agencies, to drive greater efficiencies,” he said.

VanRoekel said the initiative, called Share First, will reduce costs and speed up IT development and the procurement process, which he said often takes months.

via Federal Times, continued here.