Social Security Administration: Deputy CIO Herb Strauss


SSA IT budget
for FY 2016 $1.69 billion


Priorities:
- Finishing by 2017
- Keeping up with technological advances
- Focusing on performance

Herb Strauss, deputy chief information officer for the Social Security Administration, says 2016 will be a “magical year.”

That's because the objectives coming from the Obama administration are “fixed” given that the administration only has a year to complete them, he said. 

“The idea is not to carry over into the next administration,” Strauss told FedScoop. “What are the things that we think are important that will improve the condition of the agency and the work that we do, and how can we complete those things by December of 2016?”

Another key aspect driving change for Strauss is the realization that agencies need to do a better job keeping up with technology. This focus permeates everything from a better delivery of software projects to better contract management.

“What are the things that we think are important that will improve the condition of the agency and the work that we do, and how can we complete those things by December of 2016,” Strauss said. “We have a great amount of focus on that, and the commissioner gives us top cover in supporting those activities.”

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