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FCW : July 30, 2014
24 July 30, 2014 FCW.COM CIO Richard McKinney spends serious energy keeping the Transportation Department’s technology current. After all, DOT is one of the departments tasked with safeguarding the nation’s infrastructure. So in his first year on the job, McKinney has made cybersecurity a priority, opened up massive amounts of data and appointed a chief data officer. He has also helped cultivate an agile workforce at DOT and across government in his role as co-chairman of the CIO Council’s Workforce Committee and Cyber Workforce Subcommittee. McKinney recently spoke with FCW’s Colby Hochmuth about the learning curve he faced when he started at DOT, the challenges he foresees and what he hopes to accomplish. What are some of your top priorities for the department? From Day One, I have focused on cybersecurity as a top priority. We have concentrated on the basics and as a result have made great progress in strengthening our cybersecurity posture. How hard is it to balance being compliant with being effective? You should always lead with being effective. IT organizations that focus on effectiveness [and] operational and process excellence in doing so lay the essential groundwork that makes the tangential goal of full compliance more readily attainable. What do you see as some of the biggest IT challenges facing DOT? We decided that we needed to find a balance between centralized and decentralized IT. We had to make sure that everyone had a seat at the table and a vote to ensure that the shared-services model met both the overall enterprise needs and the needs of each individual operating administration within DOT. We now meet with modal CIOs twice a month. Those meetings are very open, very structured, very collaborative and, I believe, very effective. What have you and your team done to prepare the department for complying with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program? One of the first questions people asked me when I came in was, “How are you going to get DOT to the cloud?” After sitting and talking to the team at [the Federal Aviation Administration], who were already in the process of creating and issuing a cloud contract, we made the strategic decision to expand the contract to include all of the operating administrations in DOT. The OAs worked together to refine the solicitation so the contract would be able to meet the needs of all the OAs. It’s out on the street, and it includes FedRAMP requirements. Transportation CIO Richard McKinney says striking a balance between centralized and decentralized IT remains one of his greatest challenges RICHARD MCKINNEY: Cybersecurity, shared services and ‘technology that is changing constantly’
July 15, 2014
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