White House Updates IT Dashboard

on March 06, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Earlier today, The White House updated the IT Dashboard, sharing publicly for the first time detailed IT investment information in support of the President’s FY 2013 Budget.
This article was originally published earlier today in a blog posted on The White House Office of Management and Budget Website by Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel.

The Administration first launched the IT Dashboard back in 2009 as part of our effort to create a more transparent and open government. By publicly posting data on more than 700 IT investments across the Federal government, we armed agencies with the tools needed to reduce duplication in IT spending, strengthen the accountability of agency CIOs, and provide more accurate and detailed information on projects and activities. We also gave Americans an unprecedented window into how their tax dollars were being spent.

Today’s release builds on these efforts, bringing even greater transparency to IT investment performance and empowering CIOs to intervene in troubled projects sooner. Some improvements you can expect to see include:

Making the Dashboard more accessible: The Dashboard now provides access to individual projects and activities associated with an investment, links investments to funding sources, and includes enhanced visualizations to better track investment performance year-to-year. For example, for VA’s Medical 21st Century MyHealtheVet investment, you can now see details for each of the six supporting projects and how each is performing, leading to faster pinpointing of performance problems.

Identifying duplication: New data on what kind of services each investment provides helps agencies identify and address duplication in their IT portfolios. When combined with other Dashboard data, users can slice-and-dice the IT portfolio by agency, bureau, type of business supported, type of service provided, and budget account.

Improving data quality: Improved validations and warnings prevent erroneous data from coming into the system, and new data quality reports help agencies to identify improvements they can make to their existing data.

More data and more tools: More datasets are now available, and additional tools are in place that enable the public to participate by downloading and building their own applications. For example, each investment’s performance history and trend is now available as a data feed, allowing developers to embed charts of any investment’s history directly into news articles, blogs, or interactive visualizations.

Already, these enhancements are improving the way taxpayer dollars are spent. Leveraging the IT Dashboard and Techstat accountability sessions to hone in on the most critical projects, agencies and OMB have driven reforms that have saved taxpayers upwards of $4 billion since the initial launch. Through reporting of new operational metrics, the updated IT Dashboard provides unprecedented insight into the performance of each major IT investment in the Federal government in order to ensure that each IT dollar is being spent most effectively.

To check out the updated Dashboard, click here.

Steven VanRoekel is the chief information officer for the federal government.