What are VanRoekel's top 5 priorities for 2012?

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel laid out an IT agenda last week that casts technology in the role of enabler, emphasizing the use of IT for efficiency, innovation, protection of resources and improving services to citizens.

Speaking at a breakfast Feb. 24 organized by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Bethesda chapter, he said the government needs to focus on meeting the needs of the changing world. With that comes the prevalence of social media and the mobile revolution, both of which are transforming how the government is delivering its services to citizens, VanRoekel said.

Despite tighter budgets and cutbacks in the past three years, the nation has innovated more than in the last decade, VanRoekel said, and there are many ways to do more with less. TechStat reviews, data center consolidation and FedRamp can help maximizing return on investment on federal IT, as well as using IT as a strategic asset.

Other high-priority areas for 2012 include:
 
Shared First: Launch government wide portfolio reviews and implement contract vehicles for cloud and commodity IT services.

Future First: Issue guidance to support modular approaches in acquisition and development.

Return on investment: Accelerate Office of Management and Budget-led TechStat reviews and expand the TechStat model to the bureau level.

People:  Recruit skilled personnel through the presidential Tech Fellows Program and establish new standards for the IT Program Manager career track.

Cyber: Invest $769 million to support operations in the national cybersecurity division at the Homeland Security Department and continue Cyberstat reviews.

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