Rod Turk, acting chief information officer at the Department of Commerce, said Thursday at MeriTalk’s 2018 Cloud Computing Brainstorm that the commodification of IT is changing the service delivery model to make shared services an inevitability, and agencies need to shift their thinking to adapt. Turk outlined his guiding principles for priming agencies for the shared services revolution and provided a set of process questions to aid in implementation. […]

We’re witnessing momentous developments in government technology. The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act promises new incentives for agencies that can prove they’re maximizing government funds to bring about IT transformation.






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Federal agencies are refocusing their IT efforts in order to look at problems from an enterprise perspective rather than by individual bureau. “When you’re looking at the bureau you have money kind of stuck and stovepiped in that level,” said Melonie Parker-Hill, division chief of the enterprise operations center at the State Department.






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The Internet of Things has spawned many changes within the Federal government, including new methods of data collection at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), new policy considerations at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and a realignment of the Office of the CIO (OCIO) at the Department of Commerce.






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The cybersecurity executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, could enable a shift in culture that will help entire agencies gain the cybersecurity knowledge that they need to be successful in their missions, according to agency CIOs.






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Government is slowly working to modernize its legacy IT systems, with help from policies like FITARA and the Modernizing Government Technology Act, but government should consider the implications of leaving the IT business to the private sector, according to Roger Baker, former chief information officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs.






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