Increased efficiency and better management are critical to building government information technology in fiscal 2011, said federal IT officials at an event in McLean. "We had over US$30 billion worth of IT projects that were either behind schedule or over budget," said federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, who was part of a panel discussion hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of Bethesda.
Citing information sharing and streamlined technology solutions as key spending priorities for the president's US$79.4 billion fiscal 2011 IT budget request, panelists highlighted several initiatives to increase transparency and security, lower operational costs and build interoperability across government. Data centre consolidation is a particular challenge, Kundra said, and the government isn't maximizing existing infrastructure, the cost of which totalled US$19 billion in 2009. The federal Chief Information Officers Council will lead a detailed inventory of more than 1,100 data centres during the next eight months, and agencies must work on a detailed, comprehensive consolidation plan, he added.
Source: Next Gov