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FCW : May 30, 2014
Editor'sNote 6 May 30, 2014 FCW.COM First there was TechStat. Agency leaders grumbled, but some troubled projects did get attention. Then came PortfolioStat. The grumbling didn t stop, but the Government Accountability Of ce says the process could produce $5.8 billion in savings, so investment portfolio reviews are here to stay. And now there s Pre-Stat --- or there will be once the Of ce of Management and Budget gures out how major IT projects should be prescreened to maximize the chances for success. We ll see how agencies react to yet another oversight and review effort. Obama administration of cials have been talking for some time about ways to identify troubled projects earlier in the process, and the outlines of Pre-Stat were sketched at a May 8 Senate hearing. The core concepts are clear and the goal unimpeachable: Who wouldn t want to ensure that big IT projects are planned right and launched with the best possible support and resources? And there s not even much debate over the metrics. ACT-IAC has suggested a solid framework that rightly focuses on the risks that must be managed "up and out" as well as the more obvious challenges that demand "across and down" attention. Recent articles in FCW have outlined similar principles --- see, for example, April 15 s "Program Management: The People Factor" --- and other experts in industry and government can offer checklists and best practices. Ultimately, the key will be how the process is implemented. Will it be a collaborative effort in which OMB and agencies work together to tune and improve critical projects? Or will it be a top-down, adversarial sort of oversight that feels like a pre-inquisition? TechStat has its shortcomings, but that initiative s biggest stumbling block was the way it was introduced. It might have been intended as a tool to help agencies, but many executives perceived it as another audit imposed on them. The early signs suggest that Pre-Stat will strike a better balance between support and oversight. We re hoping --- and watching. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org, @troyschneider Stat over ow? EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDITOR Troy K. Schneider John Bicknell MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck STAFF WRITERS Sean Lyngaas, Adam Mazmanian, Mark Rockwell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, Alan Joch, Konstantin Kakaes, John Moore, Colleen O'Hara, Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Richard A. Spires, Sarah Lai Stirland CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace EDITORIAL FELLOWS Reid Davenport, Jonathan Lutton PRESIDENT James Causey CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Anne Armstrong CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Wendy LaDuke CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jef frey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the nam- ing convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105media.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311
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