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FCW : January 2013
January 2013 FCW.COM 23 as a tablet computer, to log in from home, from the of ce or from a meeting with the same level of access and function- ality at each point. "Since our Foreign Service of cers rotate every one to three years, there is a lot of overhead in transferring data," he said. "To have a single pro le to follow [one s whole] career through the State Department, that would be very interesting." But widespread adoption of BYOD isn t a given, he added. "Users might like to carry just one device, but would two really be a hardship? What our leadership is interested in is, if we do BYOD, what savings do we nd? What is the cost?" ANALYTICS BIG DATA TAKES CENTER STAGE Data analytics generated all sorts of headlines in 2012, and experts believe the usual suspects --- performance metrics and big data --- will garner even more attention in 2013. The PortfolioStat initiative, which the Of ce of Manage- ment and Budget launched in early 2012 to curb commodity IT spending, built on the successes of other OMB-led cost- cutting initiatives such as TechStat, which has saved the gov- ernment about $4 billion since 2010, according to U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel. In October 2012, OMB promised $2.5 billion in commodity IT savings in the next three years as a direct result of Portfo- lioStat, and most federal policy experts believe the Obama administration will continue pushing the program as an IT governance function. "I think the PortfolioStat approach will continue," said Mark Forman, former administrator of e-government and IT at OMB. "Whether it s under PortfolioStat or under some other name, I think you have to have a governance process for identifying opportunities for shared services and com- modity purchasing." Forman said oversight and economies of scale "seem to Privacy and transparency Protection of individual privacy is another piece of the cybersecurity puzzle and one that could also shape agencies efforts to engage with citizens online. At the House Judiciary Com- mittee, Goodlatte has been a leading supporter of proposals to require a warrant before the government can use tracking devices to monitor a person s activities. He has also backed pro- tecting individual rights for Internet use and has called for updates this year to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Agency executives privacy could be on the agenda as well. Many have voiced concerns about the nancial disclosure requirements in the Stop Trading on Congres- sional Knowledge Act of 2012. House and Senate committee aides said they are await- ing a report from the National Academy of Public Administration, which is scheduled to release its ndings and recommendations in March on a range of issues related to trans- parency and security. Agency management and fraud prevention Carper is expected to pay close attention to fraud and waste in government spending. During his career, he has led multiple legisla- tive efforts to monitor overpayments by agen- cies and has worked with the Government Accountability Of ce and agency inspectors general to identify opportunities to save money, especially with regard to defense contractors and health care providers. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, his work on waste in Medicare and Medicaid could dovetail with lawmakers efforts to control entitlement spending and oversee the implementation of systems called for under the Affordable Care Act. If Obama nominates a new director of the Of ce of Management and Budget --- Jef- frey Zients has held the position on an acting basis since January 2012 --- the Senate con rmation process could give Carper an early opportunity to explore a wide array of government management issues. Spokes- woman Emily Spain said the new chairman is especially interested in challenges facing the federal workforce, including the growing wave of retirements. Procurement and IT reform Reform of federal procurement practices is expected to be high on Congress agenda as well. In late 2012, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Govern- ment Reform Committee, released a draft of his far-reaching proposal to streamline federal IT. Aides said Issa plans to move on the legislation, which has attracted bipartisan support, early this year. Carper has worked across the aisle in the Senate on related legislation that is designed to cut billions of dollars in IT spending. "For too long, the federal government has wasted tax- payer dollars by pouring money into unnecessary information technology infrastructure," he said. --- Richard E. Cohen "WE WILL SEE A TENFOLD IMPROVEMENT WITH OTHER APPROACHES THAT GO BEYOND HADOOP." MARK COHN, UNISYS FEDERAL SYSTEMS