And buy-in from leaders is the key to locking in lasting benefits.
"Too often, the most agile and innovative companies are unwilling to work with government," the Office of Science and Technology Policy document says.
A bill requiring agency CIOs to streamline software spending is expected to pass the House of Representatives on June 7.
NARA guidelines offer a starting point, but agencies must make some important determinations themselves.
New guidance from top IT and acquisition leadership is pushing the government to stop double-spending and overspending on software.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking for information on the staffing and budget levels at the two agencies' Silicon Valley offices.
The National Coordinator for Health IT emphasized three interdependent "drivers of success" for increased interoperability: a culture change around access to information, a business case for interoperability and the need for common standards.
The Census Bureau is planning a hybrid approach to its data collection for 2020 and beyond.
The agency software inventories required under the draft category management policy will be treasure maps that lead to efficient, effective, streamlined buying and unprecedented savings.
Navy officials are interested in carving out a separate contract for hardware-as-a-service in the re-compete of the Next Generation Enterprise Network.
A proposed new Federal Acquisitions Regulation rule would require federal suppliers to supply yearly greenhouse gas emissions data.
DHS cybersecurity directorate funding edges north of $1.8 billion, as federal cyber risks gain traction as a policy priority.