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Grant Schneider: DIA Cuts Service Vendor Ranks Amid Budget Reductions

ContractSigningGrant Schneider, chief information officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, has said the agency is reducing the number of its service vendors and modifying the training programs amid budget cuts, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes DIA is also restructuring its technology workforce as part of the agency’s transition efforts.

“I sent half my contractors home in the last 18 months. I was 60 percent contractors and half of them I sent home in order to meet my budget,” Schneider told the station.

Schneider spoke to the station before his last day at DIA and will work at the White House on a two-year assignment in cybersecurity, Miller reports.

He said DIA has adopted a global business model to deliver information technology services and shifted from its old region-based approach, according to the report.

“We’ve moved to more performance based. My service desk when I got into this job, we had 17 help desks around the world. Now we have one that has two physical locations, and one number,” he told Federal News Radio.

Schneider also said DIA is examining sources for the second phase of the desktop program and plans to award a contract in early 2015, Miller reports.

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