25-Point Plan

Last May, I gave the keynote at the annual SEMIC (Semantic Interoperability Centre) annual conference in Brussels, at the invitation of the European Commission’s CIO Francisco García Morán, and was invited to share my thoughts on stimulating semantic development as much as possible.

One of my observations then — and now — is how a software platform called Be Informed works particularly well at bringing business and technology people together. In summary, “They really get it.”

I was back in Europe last week learning about Be Informed 4 from Menno Gulpers, Knowledge Architect – Chief Trainer, with the Be Informed Academy. Keep reading →

UPDATED Dec. 13 with video synopsis. Despite the looming threat of significant, across the board budget cuts for federal agencies, there are still major government contracting opportunities that will remain vibrant into the near future. And regardless if you’re a large government contractor, small business or agency program manager, you need to know where to look before you can take advantage of these opportunities.

That was the underlying message at a monthly luncheon forum on Government Acquisition Trends and Techniques Dec. 8, hosted by the Association For Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM). Keep reading →

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced that the Chief Information Officers Council has officially launched the Technology Fellows Program.

Working with the Office of Personnel Management, the initiative follows through with another essential reform item from the 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management. Keep reading →

Earlier last month, OMB Director Jacob Lew released a memorandum for the heads of all federal departments and agencies, which focused on four areas for which all federal chief information officers (CIOs) have authority and “a lead role”: Governance, Commodity IT, Program Management, and Information Security. The memorandum further reinforced responsibilities of the Federal CIO Council to manage the federal IT portfolio across agency boundaries.

The OMB action provides impetus for CIOs to leverage Obama Administration initiatives in driving change in their agencies, and represents and important signal of support for the position from the Administration – especially notable in light of its issuance just as the new Federal CIO, Steve VanRoekel, was taking the reigns from Vivek Kundra. Keep reading →