Some agencies spending 90-percent of IT budget on legacy systems — report
October 21, 2016
Some agencies are spending 90 percent or more of their IT budgets on operations and maintenance, the report released last week found.
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The Department of Health and Human Services is looking for a deputy chief information officer. The position pays between $119,554 and $179,700 per year and is open for applications until August 27.
The Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) advances the achievement of the agency's mission by assisting senior management in recognizing where Information Technology (IT) can add value while transforming or supporting program operations. The Deputy CIO shall assist the CIO in leading the Department in a visionary, collaborative, and stakeholder-focused manner to leverage IT resources in order to improve business processed and accomplish strategic HHS missions, goals, and program objectives.
The Deputy CIO advises the CIO to ensure management's needs are addressed, to advocate innovative uses of technology, to ensure the implementation of sound capital and investment planning, and to facilitate management's access to needed information resources.
The Deputy CIO promotes the effective and efficient design and operation of major information resources management processes, and collaborates with the Chief Financial Officer to assure that information systems effectively provide financial and performance data, and ensures linkage of budgetary and financial systems with program performance, mission accomplishment, and evaluate the performance of IT in support of program accomplishments based on appropriate measures.
The Deputy CIO provides oversight to assure that information and records are properly managed, i.e., that information is collected only as needed, is protected from those who would destroy or abuse it, is readily accessible to those who need it, and is quickly disseminated to those who plan to use it or contributed to it. The Deputy CIO promotes the use of innovative technologies to conduct these information programs.
The Deputy CIO works with other strategic leaders throughout the government to challenge conventional approaches and develop new methods and systems for delivering mission benefits.
In addition the Deputy CIO:
- Assesses current and emerging technologies, IT service delivery models (including shared services), and IT management best practices, and develops strategies, implementation, and migration plans aimed at both Department enterprise-wide and OCIO-level IT portfolios.
- Leads collaborative development of business cases, as well as cost and reimbursement models supporting implementation of multi-organization shared services, infrastructure consolidation initiatives, and migration to emerging IT service delivery models (including cloud computing).
- Serves as a technical strategic advisor on projects requiring high level strategy, alignment, technical vision, management evaluation and oversight. Provides expert, high-level technical advice and counsel to the CIO, executives, stakeholders, and users on matters that affect or relate to current and existing IT functions and programs as well as plans or alternatives for new IT services and functions.
- Creates strategies for applying and optimizing technology initiatives in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of IT services, improve alignment of IT service delivery with agency objectives; and articulates business advantages of technology development initiatives.
- Plans, develops, and implements key new technology and enabling infrastructure development projects for OCIO-managed systems and services, including requirements definition and analysis, design and architecture, development and test, prototyping, piloting and first-time production implementations. Coordinates the integration of resulting systems into the production environment, and necessary post-installation engineering migration support for the Department in collaboration with end users as appropriate.