Rob Foster, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy, believes that the collaboration between the information technology and acquisition organizations could be a strategic weapon for federal agencies, FierceGovernmentIT reported Friday.
Molly Bernhart Walker writes that the integration works to address technical challenges in the field of IT acquisition.
“[Having] them joined together in a single mission and single purpose called IT delivery is very powerful and strategic,” Foster said at an Association for Federal Information Resource Management event.
He indicated that contracting officers should be familiar with the relevant terminologies and technical components in the procurement of IT products and services.
Foster was appointed CIO of the Navy in June after his service as deputy CIO of the Department of Health and Human Services.