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Kundra Plans Next-Gen Social Security Administration

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra; Image: omb.gov, notesbit.com

There were glimmers of what’s to come on the IT front from federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra at the Excellence in Government conference on Nov. 1, according to FederalNewsRadio.

In the wake of across-the-board federal IT reform and restructuring, Kundra also hinted at a new focus for IT expansion efforts: a “next-generation” Social Security Administration.

Kundra said he had been in talks with officials about how to go about building a next-gen SSA, noting recent investments in customer-relationship management.

White House Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients, who is also the acting head of the Office of Management and Budget, led the conference’s panel discussion.

Both men agreed there would be further rounds of reform for federal IT projects, as agencies are directed to review large-scale IT endeavors and make sure they are on time and within set budgets.

Kundra said the Obama administration is “making sure they’re scoped properly, that they deliver, and especially in this tough economic environment, that those projects that don’t produce dividends for the American people – we end up terminating them,” according to FederalNewsRadio.

Zients also mentioned there would be future OPM announcements about federal IT projects forthcoming, FederalNewsRadio reports.

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