David Kirkpatrick

October 19, 2009

The Federal IT Dashboard

Filed under: Business, Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:10 pm

Too bad something like this doesn’t exist for the entire U.S. budget. If you want to see where government IT spending ends up, the new Federal IT Dashboard is for you. It’s part of a “radical transparency” policy of the new federal CIO.

From the link:

It has been an interesting year – who would have thought that the federal government would have done such a thing – provided a Federal IT Dashboard of allocation of federal IT dollars to investments for all of us out there in citizen-land to read? Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, announced it and the keyword of the effort that made the headlines is “radical transparency.”  It’s very clever in its design and visuals – “mashup ready.” It would be especially appealing if the shell of the software would be made available to anyone who wants it – since some real (taxpayer) money went into this project.

It’s a pretty cool dashboard from which we can learn that services for citizens are out spent by projects for management of government resources and that most VA projects are behind schedule.  And it is truly impressive that it is possible for the citizenry to comment, grab info to Tweet, and generally know which project dollar is where. So, should CIOs from the private sector or from non-US government organizations look at this as a transparency role model?

March 9, 2009

Web 2.0 government

Filed under: Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:29 am

Looks like the nation’s first CIO is looking to make some needed changes around D.C. I particularly like the idea of a data.gov site with open format access to U.S. government information and documents. Bring the government of the people back to the people.

From the link:

The U.S. government’s first CIO, Vivek Kundra, introduced himself Thursday as someone who will act aggressively to change the federal government’s use of IT by adopting consumer technology and ensuring that government data is open and accessible.

Kundra also wants to use technology such as cloud computing to attack the government’s culture of big-contract boondoggles and its hiring of contractors who end up “on the payroll indefinitely.”

Kundra, in a conference call Thursday with reporters shortly after President Barack Obama named him as federal CIO said one of his first projects is to create a data.gov Web site to “democratize” the federal government’s vast information treasures by making them accessible in open formats and in feeds that can be used by application developers.

“How can we leverage the power of technology to make sure the country is moving in the right direction?” asked Kundra, stressing that his ambition is to “revolutionize technology in the public sector.”

Kundra was expansive about his tech goals and critical of the government’s contracting record for IT projects that “frankly haven’t performed well,” saying there have been few consequences for failures.

March 6, 2009

Obama appoints first federal CIO

Filed under: Politics, Technology — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:00 pm

The U.S. government now has a chief technology officer.

From the link:

President Barack Obama Thursday appointed the District of Columbia’s chief technology officer, Vivek Kundra, as the federal government’s first CIO. The decision to appoint a CIO is an apparent move by the White House to give it more control over the US$80 billion that federal agencies spend annually on technology.

Obama still plans to name a chief technology officer, an appointment he announced early in his campaign for office, but the selection of a CIO was something of surprise and possibly a recognition by the new administration that the CTO won’t have enough authority, alone, to shape federal technology spending.

Of the appointment, Obama said that he has directed Kundra “to work to ensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and lower the cost of government operations,” he said, in a statement. “As chief information officer, he will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible.”