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FCW : May 15, 2015
In 2014, federal agencies decreased their projected PortfolioStat savings by more than half of what they reported in 2013, with the Defense Department missing the mark by billions, according to a new Government Accountability Office study released April 16. GAO said at least 68 percent of agen- cies backed off their original savings estimates. Agencies initially expected to save at least $5.8 billion from fiscal 2013 to 2015, GAO said, but those estimates were reduced to about $2 billion. DOD and the Department of Home- land Security accounted for most of the difference. DOD reported that it planned $3.2 billion in savings in 2013 but only $560.5 million in revised savings in 2014 — a gap of $2.6 billion. Despite the downward revisions, GAO said savings from federally mandated data center consolidations could improve the picture a little. Even though the Office of Management and Budget made its Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative part of Port- folioStat in 2013, GAO said agencies have not consistently included planned savings from the initiative in their PortfolioStat reporting. As a result, the total amount agencies expect to save through fiscal 2015 is understated, according to GAO. — John Bicknell Agencies scale back PortfolioStat savings less money has been saved via PortfolioStat than originally expected 68% The deadline for 2015 Rising Star nominations is fast approaching, and we need your input to be sure we find the best possible candidates for our judges to consider. The Rising Star awards spotlight women and men who — even in the early stages of a federal IT career — are having an outsized impact and who show clear signs of being leaders in the community in the years to come. Nominees can come from govern- ment, the private sector, academia or the nonprofit world. The only restrictions are that they be actively involved in the community and in the first 10 years of their federal IT careers. (That’s not just millennials, mind you — a 50-year-old veteran who has embarked on a second career is every bit as eligible.) What makes for a winner? In many ways, it’s the same criteria used for the Federal 100 awards — someone whose leadership, innovation and all-around extra effort are having a powerful and positive impact on federal IT. Here are some simple guidelines to keep in mind: • This is an individual award. Teams are important, too, but that’s what the GCN awards are for. (Those nominations are open as well, by the way; learn more at GCN.com!) • Winners go above and beyond, whatever their level or rank. A fancy job title is not required, and doing one’s job well is not enough. • Impact matters. The judges need to know not only what a nominee did but also what all that work accomplished. • The award is for work done in the past year. Future leadership poten- tial is important, but nominees must have had clear accomplishments in the past 12 months. • You can make multiple nomina- tions. Do so early and often. So gather your information and supporting nominators, and get those nominations in by July 2. Go to FCW.com/2015risingstars to learn more, then let us know where to find the leaders of tomorrow — and the rising stars of today. — Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider EDITOR’S NOTE Rising Star nominations: Time is running out! May 15, 2015 FCW.COM 7 The National Institutes of Health announced the 65 vendors that will be on its $20 billion CIO-Commodities and Solutions contract. The governmentwide acquisition contract is the successor to NIH’s Electronic Commodities Store III. It is intended to “support the full range of IT needs across the federal government with a particular emphasis on agencies involved in health care and clinical and biological research,” according to NIH. There are 58 value-added resell- ers on the contract, along with origi- nal equipment manufacturers AT&T, CSC, Dell Federal Systems, HP, IBM, IMS Government Solutions and Vion. — Troy K. Schneider NIH awards $20B GWAC 0515fcw_003-010.indd 7 4/22/15 8:57 AM
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