The Federal Communications Commission is ramping up its efforts to modernize its information technology systems and migrate fully to the cloud by the end of 2017 under the leadership of Chief Information Office David Bray, Nextgov reported July 22.
Frank Konkel writes that Bray spoke at an event hosted by the publication last month on the IT and organization challenges FCC faced in the previous years.
Bray said there were concerns regarding the impact of the agency’s move away from legacy IT systems and the waterfall development approach toward a modern, agile business model.
“Going to cloud was actually eating into the profit model of legacy contractors,” he told Nextgov.
He noted that FCC plans to cut up to 80 contracted positions for the operations and maintenance of legacy systems once the migration is complete and commercial cloud providers become in charge of O&M.
The agency’s modernization efforts “remixes existing [software-as-a-service] and [platform-as-a-service platforms] that’s much faster, more resilient and easier to maintain than anything they could do on-premise themselves,” Bray said.
Konkel reports that the CIO has also hired new tech-savvy personnel and worked to integrate them with the existing organization even as FCC continued to pursue further technological innovation such as its cloud-based replacement for the previous Consumer Help Center.