SOLVE. Many decisions are agency-wide, and project
managers cannot resolve CPIC issues at the individual investment level.
means that the agency must take a leadership role in addressing such
and Program Objectives
is premeditated! Agencies must govern their IT resources
score well -- managing for successful
results in their budget submissions and the overall e-Government
scorecard. For example, Department of
Labor says it models its IT governance strategy upon "getting green."
(See Federal Computer Week, 12/13/2004.)
work flows and processes for CPIC should
be relatively mature within an agency, and automation tools should help
and portfolio managers save time, access best practices, collaborate,
pro-active management decisions. Moreover, information about IT
be in a unified database (rather than Exhibit 53 and 300 forms
that the agency has immediate access to data for reviews and data calls
of investment performance needs to be
ongoing -- at least monthly, and there is absolutely no reason to wait
once-a-year budget reviews based on Exhibit 53s and 300s. With
automated tools, ongoing review is
possible without sentencing project/portfolio managers to a life of
and special reports. Some of the suggestions for improved CPIC reviews
all OMB scoring and scorecard issues.
down CPIC into manageable chunks. During one month, an agency could
focus on strategic alignment with business goals and performance
metrics/outcomes. Another month could deal with market research,
partnerships, and better alternatives. Upgraded acquisition strategy,
security, project risk management, etc., could also be appropriately
track corrective actions.
low-performing investments and recycle the money for better results.
big. Today's CPIC is about transforming
government, not just IT. As OMB's Clay Johnson III has said,
is transforming our agencies and producing results …." Governance
and Enterprise Architecture offer
pathways for implementing transformation:
government more accessible and convenient
quality and availability of information
budget flexibility by reducing operating costs
some cases, the costs of
IT for E-Government could be borne by savings gained through
invest substantially in IT human
resources, and it's crucial to make your entire team as productive as
Enterprise CPIC enables you to empower your overall team with:
to agency-wide best practices and standard text
provide re-usable information for all lifecycle requirements
reviews and feedback.
of your money is probably tied up in the evaluate
phase of the
(steady-state investments). According to
the OMB Capital Programming Guide, "Ownership costs, such as
maintenance, including service contracts, and disposition, can easily
as much as 80 % of the total life-cycle costs. Upon investigation, you
money by consolidating applications and systems.
money away from low-performing investments.
costs by partnering with other agencies.
to other public or private organizations.
money from agency budget by streamlining business operations.
OF THE MONTH
The PowerPoint briefing is
based on a keynote speech presented at a Niku
web event that introduced its CPIC Accelerator.
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