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GSA CIO Sonny Hashmi: Agency’s IT Principles Focus on Real Estate, Acquisition

Sonny Hashmi
Sonny Hashmi

Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer of the General Services Administration, has laid out the agency’s information technology principles to deliver services in real estate, acquisition and technology.

Hashmi wrote Aug. 1 that he has inked a new policy requiring the integration of “innovative, integrated and intuitive technology solutions” into new GSA projects.

“These principles will guide us as we continue to modernize our organization, processes, technologies and platforms at GSA,” he said.

Hashmi’s new IT integration policy mandates the reuse, scaling and configuration of existing platforms before considering investments in new technologies.

GSA also requires the sharing of code under an open license, the use of cloud services as a default approach to developing new IT services, open sourcing and sharing of data and creating a positive user experience with GSA’s website and systems.

The agency plans to increase its focus on records management compliance and integrate all services into its identity and access management platform to secure data systems, Hashmi writes.

Cybersecurity and vendor/partner engagement also form part of the new IT principles.

“We have established an IT vendor management office within GSA’s Office of the CIO, which will be a strong partner and ally to the project team as well as GSA’s acquisition workforce throughout each project’s life cycle,” Hashmi writes.

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