IAC tells transition team about IT in government

As the incoming Obama administration deals with two wars and a major financial crisis, it must modernize the government in innovative ways, according to new reports from the Industry Advisory Council.

“This may sound simple, but it will require a new mind-set, a change in leadership, improved management capabilities and different methods for making [information technology] investment decisions,” according to one of several IAC reports dated Dec. 11. “As it currently stands, the government is resistant to change, taking risks and innovation.”

IAC’s Transition Study Group met Dec. 12 with Obama’s transition team. IAC said Obama's transition team is beginning to reach out to IT groups. IAC’s study group is drafting papers on various IT topics, and it presented four of these papers to the transition team. IAC said it will provide all of its papers to Obama’s transition team in the next two weeks.

In the four reports, IAC said the new administration must overhaul the government’s policies and practices regarding IT and take advantage of the annual $100 billion federal IT investment.

Officials must recognize the impact that the government's investment in IT has had on the U.S. economy, the group said.

It added that the administration needs a senior IT leader in the Executive Office of the President who will have strong decision-making authority. The administration should build an identity management system, the council said.

“The technology and know-how exists,” the group said in one report. “It is now a matter of planning, coordination, political will, resources, and a decision to act in concert with other stakeholders.”

Also, the government has a major role in setting up a consistent framework for identification programs, the group said. It’s a complex task that will require sensitivity, a need for innovation and technical expertise. The government also has to build public support, particularly because many people disagree with a national ID card, the council said.

The government’s strategy must protect privacy and ensure accurate data, while reducing identity theft and securely sharing information between organizations, IAC said.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.