The Office of Management and Budget has announced its new strategy for improving the acquisition of major IT systems by the federal government.
Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and OMB Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients unveiled the new framework last week at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s monthly Titans Breakfast.
Some of the highlights in OMB's strategy include providing additional training in acquisition management and creating a new career path for federal program managers. The new strategy will also require agencies to create integrated and co-located project teams before commencing major IT acquisitions.
The plan also aims to enhance the ability of government and industry to communicate and collaborate more effectively, as well as sharpen the governance and accountability processes for monitoring major IT acquisitions.
The push for IT reform began in June when Kundra announced a governmentwide review of federal IT projects, focused on getting a more solid return on investment from IT projects, rather than cutting spending. As part of the review, Kundra announced OMB would freeze projects that were consistently behind schedule and over budget, ExecutiveGov reported.
OMB will announce additional details of the new strategy Dec. 14, 2010.