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Steven VanRoekel

Steven VanRoekel (Photo: David Stegon/FedScoop)

The federal government has saved more than $4 billion in information technology spending over the past 18 months because of the TechStat review process, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Thursday.

In a blog post outlining the first 18 months of the 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, VanRoekel said the plan served as a “shock to the system” of federal IT.

“While the 25 points have not solved all Federal IT challenges, they addressed many of the most pressing, persistent challenges we face,” VanRoekel said. “Most importantly, this plan established many wins that will drive our efforts well into the future.”

Hhighlights of the past 18 months:

  • As of March, 267 data centers have been decommissioned across the federal government, and 429 planned to close by the end of 2012. Additionally, on June 9, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration will launch the data center marketplace inside government, which will help agencies better utilize spare capacity within operational data centers.
  • Federal Risk Authorization Management Program is officially up and running.
  • Starting in FY 2013, cloud migrations are expected to save agencies about $100 million a year for email alone.
  • OMB published the “Shared Services Strategy” in May requiring agencies to identify IT services to migrate to a shared service model by the end of 2012. Agencies identified 60 initiatives, totaling $34 million in annual cost savings and avoidance.
  • The Office of Personnel Management and OMB launched the IT Program Manager career path in May 2011. Over the last year, agencies have designated over 1,000 IT program managers with the experience and know-how to hold agency and contractor staff accountable for substantial taxpayer investments.

“We will continue to eliminate duplication wherever we find it and shift spending from the costly maintenance of outdated systems to more efficient technologies,” VanRoekel said. “By doing so, we can improve the delivery of mission critical services, as we work together with Congress to hold agency IT budgets in check and reduce the costs to the American people.”

  • http://twitter.com/richardlwarren2 Richard L. Warren

    I would have to see better evidence of the claim that 1,000 IT Program Managers have been designated before I’d believe it.  In response to FOIA requests to all federal departments and five federal agencies, NASA designated exactly one IT Program Manager across all of their organization including field activities.  OMB reported no IT Program Managers.  Most of the other departments have yet to respond but, given NASA’s response and personal knowledge of at least one other major federal agency that hasn’t even implemented the IT Project Manager title yet (much less the IT Program Manager title), the claimed implementation number seems very unlikely.