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NRC’s Darren Ash: Prioritize Information Over Implementing New Technology

Darren Ash
Darren Ash

Darren Ash, chief information officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has highlighted the agency’s focus on information while balancing the adoption of technologies such as mobile and cloud computing to drive innovation in an interview with FCW published Monday.

“Technology and the pace of change have caused us to think about really what is our delivery model and mechanism, what’s the right and most efficient way to do business,” he said.

Colby Hochmuth writes that Ash will soon implement a new bring-your-own-device solution at NRC to keep pace with the changes brought about by the technology, as its employees increasingly rely on their own devices, particularly tablets, for work.

NRC has also been exploring private cloud technologies to host some systems and applications but is in “no rush” to completely move to cloud, Ash told FCW.

“It’s thinking about how can we become more efficient, get virtualized, reduce the number of servers, reduce energy consumption . . . but doing it in a smart way, so that we’re not replacing server for server,” Ash said.

Hochmuth reports that Ash, a former associate CIO for IT investment management at the Transportation Department, also believes that his IT team could facilitate innovation across NRC through technology.

However, Ash has also stated that implementing modernized systems should mainly focus on the mission and functions that the agency provides.

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