CIO Council's plan details milestones

The CIO Council yesterday issued an ambitious strategic plan for 2007 to 2009 outlining four major goals, 19 milestones and key performance indicators for every goal.

This is the first revised strategic plan since 2004.

'The plan represents the council's collective thinking on how best they will pursue and achieve their important goals,' said Karen Evans, the Office of Management and Budget's administrator for e-government and IT and director of the CIO Council.

A working group developed the plan over the past five months to provide accountability and performance metrics to the council's activities, an OMB press release said.

The council's goals are to:
  • Improve the IT workforce through identifying, assessing and reporting on trends, strengthening project management skills, enhancing professional development programs and implementing compensation policies and flexibilities to attract top talent.
  • Provide information securely and reliably within agencies and to citizens by implementing best practices to improve government information, managing and sharing information by implementing the Data Reference Model and using best practices for knowledge management in providing services and products.
  • Ensure IT systems are interoperable and used effectively across the federal government by integrating the Federal Enterprise Architecture into the budget process to identify redundancies and opportunities to share systems, using the SmartBuy program better, continuing to use shared-services providers for cross-agency business processes, accelerating the adoption of e-government projects across agencies, better sharing of components through a service-oriented design, encouraging the adoption of standards across government and improving how information on emerging technologies is shared.
  • Improve the interoperability across federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as industry and academia, by accelerating the use of the Federal Enterprise Architecture, coordinating EA alignment and standards with non-federal entities, assisting agencies move to IP Version 6, establishing a governmentwide database of standardized business service components and promoting 508 accessibility best practices.
Among the goals the CIO Council wants to accomplish this year include:
  • Improving the use of ET.gov, the portal to bring communities of practice focusing on emerging technologies together.
  • Ensuring the use of the Federal Transition Framework catalog to make sure systems are shared and included in architecture designs and IT acquisitions.
  • Developing IPv6 transition strategies.
  • Changing the General Schedule 2210 series for IT workers to identify specialties in the work force.
  • Encouraging IT exchange opportunities with the private sector.
  • Updating the DRM, and establishing implementation strategies and best practices for the reference model.

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