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Best of the Best: Agency Innovations

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December 31, 2014  |  Cyber Security  •  Data Center

As 2014 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at the trends and technologies that shaped the year. Here on TechSource, we spend a lot of time discussing how technology solutions can help government agencies accomplish their missions and do more with less. Here are a few of our favorite posts from the year that take a look at how some agencies are embracing IT for greater efficiency:

Federal Procurement Innovation Will Enable IT Innovation
Making budgets work for innovation was the topic of a panel at the recent Federal Forum 2014 in Washington, DC. At a time when budgets are flat, federal IT decision makers are constantly challenged to do more with less. This was the common theme during a panel featuring, Kirit Amin, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer from the Department of Commerce (DoC), and John Skudlarek, Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative Presents an Opportunity for Federal Agencies
Federal agencies are making some progress in closing the required 40 percent of the government’s data centers, as mandated by the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), but there is still significant work ahead. While the task seems daunting, it should be considered an opportunity. The U.S. Army has identified the opportunity that FDCCI has offered. The Army identified more than 1,200 data centers as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and exceeded their goal of 185 data center closures by 2015.

Treasury CIO: Federal Agencies Require Innovation to Serve Citizens in the Digital Age
One of this year’s leaders in federal innovation is Sonny Bhagowalia, CIO at the U.S. Department of Treasury, who is encouraging federal agencies to embrace change and innovation in today’s digital age.

Cyber Security Top Priority for VA CIO
Hardly a week goes by without news of another security breach affecting millions of citizens and government agencies. Cyber threats continue to grow more sophisticated, and securing customer and consumer data is a challenge many organizations are grappling with. For Steph Warren, CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), safeguarding the data the agency holds on Veterans is an obligation he and the agency’s Office of Information and Technology take seriously.

Transportation Department’s New CIO Focuses on Cyber Security
When Richard McKinney joined the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as CIO just over a year ago, he had his work cut out for him. One of the first steps McKinney took in his effort to improve cyber security across DOT was to perform an analysis of current cyber security measures within the agency. He also had a “no holds barred” cabinet-level discussion where he laid out the areas of concern and encouraged other leaders to share their perspectives.

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