IT execs find they have to do more with less

IT execs find they have to do more with less

Federal agencies must consolidate operations and infrastructure to meet the challenge of doing more with less funding, a panel of deputy chief information officers said last week.

Speaking at the CIO Panel breakfast of the Bethesda Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the government systems executives said that their agencies face increasingly 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 plans to consolidate seven networks and is looking for ways to eliminate overlap in its 1,200 applications and 8 million Web pages, and among its 400 webmasters, Burns said.

Debra Stouffer, deputy CIO for information technology 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.

'M. McLaughlin

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