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DHS Introduces New Service

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According to Federal News Radio, the Department of Homeland Security is introducing a new “as-a-service.” The website reported that DHS Chief Information Officer Richard Spires said the agency awarded contracts to both HP and CSC to provide workplace-as-a-service.

Spies said this was done in an effort to save money and recently issued a memo to other CIOs mandating they oversee all enterprise services. Speaking at a panel discussion at the 21st annual Executive Leadership Conference, Spires said both initiatives are opportunities for changing the way the government buys and manages technology.

Defense Department Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer Dave Wennergren told Federal News Radio budget pressures are forcing federal agencies to become creative and relearn the lessons of the past.

“The focus has to be on the culture side because there is a lot of friction with the status quo,” he said. “We have the opportunity now to move at the speed we need to because of the budget pressures and technology innovation.”

Spires is currently focusing on a plan to gather all federal CIOs to connect and share ideas and said, “It is not easy to research across government, to find lessons learned and best practices. We are starting with government only personnel and doing some pilots with the committees on the CIO Council.”

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