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Posted: 1/26/2014 - 18 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

RIP VanRoekel?

Once upon a time, there was a Federal CIO who was the most popular fella in town.  However, he wasn't much on real work – and slept right through his terms at EOP.

Far from taking leadership on FDCCI, our IT Moses let data centers grow between his toes while he snored – from 732 to more than 9,000.  The sandman shut his eyes while applications sprawled – 777 supply chain and 600+ HR systems.  The Hill held hearings and he just slept in.  The Hill Cloud Caucused and he rolled over.  Continuous monitoring took off, and he failed to provide guidance on FISMA – giving CISOs sleepless nights.  Even when the Prez sounded the alarm on, nobody bothered to wake him.

Is Steven VanRoekel asleep at the switch – or did he expire already?  GAO puts this question to us with its latest report on the IT Dashboard.  Dave Powner paints the Federal CIO as narcoleptic.  He reports that OMB has not updated the IT dashboard for 15 out of the last 24 months.  This, for a site that was launched with much fanfare by OMB in 2009, as a dashboard to provide transparency for Federal IT investments and facilitate public monitoring.  Check out this movie on the White House site.  Maybe it's time to pull that down?

Here's the irony.  If there were a dashboard on OMB, clearly it would all be red – presuming it was updated.  The takeaway for agencies is to do what you like – there's no guidance and there are no repercussions.

Now, I'm no Washington Irving, but I hope it's not too late for our sleeper to wake from his dream and apply himself to the task at hand.  While it seems like a long shot, we're all hoping to live happily ever after.

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