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Juniper's Bob Dix on IT Reform at OMB

The Office of Management and Budget has outlined a 25-point plan to reform the ways federal agencies use technology, something federal CIO Vivek Kundra has called an end to “throwing good money after bad money.“

Agencies' new focus would be on email, storage and telecommunications, as well as major IT projects.

Bob Dix, VP of government affairs and critical infrastructure protection for Juniper Networks, said that fundamental changes need to happen in the culture before the 25-point plan can be a success. Dix is a former staff director of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on technology and procurement.

“It’s the culture impediments that have prevented these steps from making progress in the past,” he told Federal News Radio. “A lot of what we heard wasn’t new and I think Vivek acknowledged that. Whether or not CIOs have the appropriate authorities, are respected and whether or not the administration and leadership can overcome these culture impediments will be the main challenge. By going to shorter-term initiatives, there is chance to move in that direction.”

Dix added the plan's idea of empowering agency CIOs has been talked about on Capitol Hill for a long time.

“If there is an ability to follow through and get buy-in from at the secretary and deputy secretary level, there is an opportunity to make difference,” he said.

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