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Tony Scott: White House Unveils Proposed Federal IT Modernization Guidance

Tony Scott
Tony Scott

The White House has released draft guidance that details several actions on how federal agencies can develop and execute plans to update their information technology systems.

Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott wrote in a blog post published Thursday the Obama administration issued the proposed guidance as part of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan.

The guidance calls for agencies to develop and submit to the Office of Management and Budget “enterprise roadmaps” or strategic plans that provide an overview of the agencies’ IT portfolios as well as identify and prioritize IT systems that require upgrades based on a set of criteria.

Scott said the criteria are based on modernization impact, operational and security risks, ability to execute and business suitability.

The document would also require agencies to create and submit to OMB modernization profiles for high-priority IT platforms.

“Modernization profiles will inform agencies’ regular budget planning processes,” Scott wrote.

Scott said his office will accept public comments on the proposed guidance within 30 days.

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