Agencies must consolidate IT, CIOs say

Agencies must consolidate IT, CIOs say

By Matt McLaughlin

GCN Staff


JUNE 26—Federal agencies, asked to do more with less funding, have adopted a strategy of consolidating operations and infrastructure, a panel of deputy chief information officers said today.

Speaking at the CIO Panel breakfast of the Bethesda Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the government systems executives said their agencies face tighter budgets.

'The budgets aren't going to grow,' said Brian Burns, assistant secretary and deputy CIO at the Health and Human Services Department. 'The budgets are going to stay the same, so we need to find ways to do what we do better.'

HHS is planning a redesign that will consolidate seven networks and is looking for ways to eliminate overlap in the agency's 1,200 applications and 8 million Web pages, and among its 400 webmasters, Burns said. Other functions he said the department might consolidate are work force planning, financial systems, and human resource and payroll operations.

NASA needs to manage its infrastructure as a corporate structure, said David Nelson, the space agency's deputy CIO for information technology security. NASA is working on a 3,000-seat pilot to improve collaboration, knowledge management and efficiency within the agency, he said.

Debra Stouffer, deputy CIO for IT reform at the Housing and Urban Development Department, said the Bush administration is redirecting government's focus from policy and planning to results and accountability. To adapt to this change, she said, HUD will integrate its financial systems and make other enterprisewide improvements.

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