IT spending dashboard goes mobile

The White House has released a mobile version of its online tool for keeping track of federal IT investments

Citizens can now keep track of the government’s information technology spending when they’re on the go by using a new version of the Obama administration’s IT Dashboard.

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said the administration’s tool for helping the public keep track of agencies’ IT spending is now available in both standard and mobile versions. The new version also allows for faster navigation and more ways to explore Federal IT spending, Kundra said in a White House blog post on July 14.

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The Obama administration started the IT dashboard in June 2009 to help people keep track of the $80 billion the government spends annually on IT. Kundra has said that federal IT has been the victim of bureaucracy and overly long procurement cycles that haven’t produced agile, market-based programs.

“Government IT projects all too often cost millions of dollars more than they should, take years longer than necessary to deploy and deliver technologies that are obsolete by the time they are completed,” Kundra said in the blog post. “Colossal failures have contributed to a significant technology gap between the public and private sector which results in dollars wasted and a government that is less responsive to the American people."

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Reader Comments

Fri, Jul 30, 2010 JeffV

Amazing. The government is spending millions to visually represent information that is not accurate and does nothing to fix the purported shortfalls in the federal IT spending. Kundra came in with a solution without even a small understanding of the environment. The problem is the processes and limitations in the budgeting process and not the technology or execution. All the Kundra retoric and misleading statistics is smoke and mirrors designed to fatten the wallets of his buddies at Google. Want to save money? Shut down the Federal CIO's office.

Tue, Jul 20, 2010 Michael D. Long Knoxville, TN

On top of the fact that the IT dashboard provides inaccurate data, there is no value in providing such information on a mobile device. This is a prime example of government waste. But what else should we have expected from Vivek Kundra? He is young, lacking real world (senior level private sector) experience, and enamored with solutions that are all show and no go.

Fri, Jul 16, 2010 Pete Arlington, VA

Wow, now you can get grossly inaccurate and misleading information on Federal IT Spending on your mobile device! Way to spread bad data faster! The IT Dashboard is a great concept and cool interface, but the data IN NO WAY reflects ANY budget document for these IT programs.

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