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FCW : November 15, 2013
28 November 15, 2013 FCW.COM CIOPerspective ization or the larger set of issues in IT management. Let me address the argument I have heard numerous times that centraliz- ing control of IT infrastructure under a single agency CIO makes IT much less responsive to mission and business customers. A modernized, consolidated infrastructure creates the opportunity to accelerate delivery of business capa- bilities, including greater integration across applications and systems and improved operational scalability and ef ciency. In federated departments such as Treasury and Commerce, there still need to be bureau-level CIOs and IT organizations. Under that model, the bureau IT organizations can focus on working closely with mission custom- ers to provide new functionality and ultimately improve mission outcomes, while relying on the agency CIO s orga- nization to provide and maintain the IT infrastructure. To make that work, however, the bureau CIOs must have a seat at the table with the agency CIO as part of a governance process that ensures that consolidated agency deci- sions are informed by an understanding of the various bureaus needs. My next column will present rec- ommendations on how to reduce the obstacles that limit government s abil- ity to achieve a modernized, standard- ized and appropriately consolidated IT infrastructure. ■ Richard A. Spires has been in the IT eld for more than 30 years, with eight years in federal government service. He served as the lead for the Business Systems Modernization program at the Internal Revenue Service, then CIO and nally deputy commissioner for operations support. Most recently, he served as CIO at the Department of Homeland Security. Free Seminars for Federal IT Executives Stay up-to-date on IT policies and technology strategies that shape the federal government at FCW s Executive Brie ngs. Events are held in-person in Washington, DC or online nationwide. Seminar topics include: Managing Big Data Enabling Collaboration Preventing Wasteful Payments Fraud Prevention Mobile Computing Federal Cloud Computing Strategy . . .andmanymore! For Executive Briefing sponsorship information, contact Eric Pesachowtiz at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit fcw.com/brie ngs to register and for more event details Inspiration When I run across something that I nd particularly valuable in helping government, I will highlight it. In that vein, the Partnership for Public Serv- ice and Booz Allen Hamilton s report "Building the Enterprise: Nine Strategies for a More Integrated, Effective Government" is de nitely worth a read for anyone interested in improving government effectiveness. However, implementing the report s strategies requires real leadership and strong execution. I hope the Obama administration brings both to its new management agenda. --- Richard A. Spires
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