It's culture that blocks reform, tech execs say

It's culture that blocks reform, tech execs say

The toughest obstacle to reforming the Commerce Department's information technology strategy is a culture that resists change, a panel of agency executives said this month.

Such resistance makes it difficult to implement enterprisewide projects, said Bill Turnbull, acting chief information officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Turnbull and two other Commerce officials spoke at a meeting of the Industry Advisory Council of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils.

Procurement workers have been overwhelmed by the swift pace of reform, said Mike Sade, the department's procurement executive and director for acquisition management.

'We haven't completed the trip to procurement reform,' he said. 'Government workers are still adapting to the new culture of procurement reform.'

Staff member decreases have hampered progress, as have concerns about the potential failure of IT projects, said James Taylor, deputy chief financial officer.

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