EPA to spend more for analytics

EPA to spend more for analytics

Environmental Protection Agency CIO Kimberly T. Nelson, speaking at a breakfast yesterday hosted by Input of Reston, Va., said the agency will invest more in IT integration to “better use environmental data to make decisions, set priorities and achieve agency goals.”

The projects include:

  • Windows to My Environment, an intergovernmental geographic portal where users can map their local environmental features by entering a ZIP code or address

  • Central Data Exchange, an entry point that accepts reports from industry, states and other jurisdictions to the Environmental Information Exchange Network. Nelson said seven of the data flows are in production and nine are in development or testing for deployment by fiscal 2005.

  • The Geospatial One-Stop e-government portal

  • A sequencing plan for a target enterprise architecture

  • Metadata and data registries for an eventual enterprise repository

  • Identity and access management.

  • After almost two years at EPA, Nelson said, "An enterprise architecture has been one of my highest priorities. The baseline shows everything in place now. The sequencing plan shows where we will go in the future, how we will build out and how we will do the integrations."

    Nelson also referred to “getting to green” on the Office of Management and Budget’s scorecard citing progress toward meeting the President’s Management Agenda. On the most recent scorecard, EPA was upgraded to green for financial management but downgraded to yellow for e-government progress (see story at www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/22742-1.html).

    For fiscal 2004, Nelson said, 100 percent of EPA’s business cases received OMB approval. She said the agency uses managed services under a seven-year, performance-based task order to Computer Sciences Corp. under the General Services Administration’s Millennia contract, with an $860 million ceiling.

    Input has estimated that EPA in fiscal 2003 will spend $370 million on IT and will raise spending at a 9 percent compound annual growth rate, reaching $570 million by fiscal 2008.

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