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DOD releases updated IT management guidance

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Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen has signed updated department-wide guidance for managing IT services.

The second edition of the DOD Enterprise Service Management Framework includes standards for managing IT services and sets requirements for the acquisition and contracting of IT services “based on industry best practices,” the Defense Information Systems Agency said in a statement. “Contributions to the framework came from many DOD components as well as industry.”

The framework will guide DOD CIO oversight of the department’s IT services. Unlike the first edition, DESMF II’s scope goes beyond DISA-owned or adjudicated IT services to include all such DOD assets.

Efficient management of IT services is a “critical component” of the success of a department-wide initiative to standardize and consolidate IT networks, known as the Joint Information Environment, Halvorsen said in a statement.

“The long-term intent is to mature the DESMF based on input and lessons learned” from the various DOD components, he added in a memo that precedes the framework.

Work on a draft of the third edition is underway.

About the Author

Sean Lyngaas is an FCW staff writer covering defense, cybersecurity and intelligence issues. Prior to joining FCW, he was a reporter and editor at Smart Grid Today, where he covered everything from cyber vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid to the national energy policies of Britain and Mexico. His reporting on a range of global issues has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The Economist, The Washington Diplomat and The Washington Post.

Lyngaas is an active member of the National Press Club, where he served as chairman of the Young Members Committee. He earned his M.A. in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his B.A. in public policy from Duke University.

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