Will the OMB, Feds finally get IT procurement right?

Will the OMB, Feds finally get IT procurement right?

Summary: The White House is expected to overhaul the way the federal government buys IT. The plan: Break projects down to smaller chunks.

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Updated: The White House has overhauled the way the federal government buys IT.

In a blog post, the Office of Management and Budget said the plan is to:

  • Align budgets with the technology cycle. Congress hands out dollars in big chunks. That's how kitchen sink projects get going.
  • Project management needs to improve. The OMB will only approve projects with good management teams.
  • Increase accountability and review projects.
  • Improve communications with the IT industry.
  • Adopt lightweight technologies. The OMB is thinking cloud first. For instance, the U.S. government is consolidating 2,000 data centers.

NextGov writes previewed that the OMB planned to cut layers of investment review boards, create an elevated project management track and ask that Congress approve smaller projects instead of only mammoth big ticket ones that inevitably fail.

It's an effort long overdue. As we know in the enterprise, big projects often fail to deliver returns. When big projects meet big spending, consultants and crappy management you get a big failure.

The OMB is noting the gap between budget and IT cycles. That disconnect is why agencies go for big projects instead of small ones---there are no guarantees you'll get funding again.

All of these items sound good on paper, but the big unknown is whether the government bureaucracy can deliver.

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  • In a word...

    No.
    technojoe
  • RE: Will the OMB, Feds finally get IT procurement right?

    It's the government, they'll always be big, fat & slow. Just the way things work. Yes, our tax dollars are being p*ssed away. Such is the beast known as government/bureaucracy.<br><br>-M
    betelgeuse68
    • attitudes must shift

      @betelgeuse68

      I think that's true so long at government is thought of as big brother or worse the dottering old uncle whose DVR you program. Government is a fat, whining, entitled child, and we need to start holding it accountable. I don't like JFK. What can we do for our country? Ask, every day, what it's doing for us.
      tkejlboom
      • RE: Will the OMB, Feds finally get IT procurement right?

        @tkejlboom

        The government is not the country. The best thing you can do for your country is involve yourself in your government, local, state, and/or federal, to ensure that they are serving the best interests of the country. We get the government we deserve. Most people on these blogs spend too much time playing video games and not enough in the real world.
        jorjitop
  • Absolutely Not

    FEDERAL GOVT... this should explain enough. They can hardly do anything right as is.
    tawells
  • RE: Will the OMB, Feds finally get IT procurement right?

    You need to look up "FAR" and "polishing the turd."
    Vesicant
    • RE: Will the OMB, Feds finally get IT procurement right?

      @Vesicant
      After just a few minutes of looking over the procurement matrix at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/
      left no doubt in my mind that any reform is doomed for failure.
      ExCorpGuy
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