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Tony Scott: Agencies Need Hardware Refresh Cycle to Manage IT Spending

Tony Scott
Tony Scott

Federal CIO Tony Scott has outlined his continued work at the Office of Management and Budget to drive forward government efforts on IT spending and other areas in an interview Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes that Scott told station that spending on operations and maintenance has again increased compared to development, modernization and enhancement spending.

Scott indicated that the current budget environment drives agency CIOs to cut DME spending and prioritize O&M.

He urged agencies to establish an operational plan for a hardware refresh cycle to both address spending concerns and ensure that new investment efforts pay off for the agency.

“[The] trick is not to do the easy thing and pull that fast lever, but really to invest in a regular refresh of infrastructure, a regular refresh of applications and a regular refresh of business capability,” Scott said in the interview.

“You will save money in the long run or you will create dramatic increases in capacity for the same costs.”

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