Dan Tangherlini, former General Services Administration chief, has said he believes GSA’s 18F organization should be given a chance to help foster innovation and modernize federal government information technology acquisition in an interview with Government Technology posted Tuesday.
“People are deeply satisfied with the work that 18F is doing … this is an internal government agency and we’re talking about a federal government that spends from $60 billion to $90 billion a year on IT,” Tangherlini told reporter Jason Shueh.
“I think the primary goal is for the federal government to be better at delivering technology investments over time.”
A Government Accountability Office oversight report on 18F says the government spends 75 percent of a $90 billion IT budget for acquisition on outdated technology, according to Government Technology.
Tangherlini told Shueh the combination of 18F, the U.S. Digital Service and accountability platforms such as ITDashboard.gov represents an effort to support the federal government’s ability to buy and deliver IT.