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Kelly Morrison: OMB Plans to Release New Guidance on IT Investment Mgmt for Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget plans to issue new guidance that seeks to help federal agencies measure and manage costs and budget of cybersecurity initiatives, data center consolidation projects and other information technology investments, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Nicole Ogrysko writes Kelly Morrison, a performance analyst at OMB’s office of the federal chief information officer, announced the agency’s plan at a panel discussion held Tuesday at the 2017 GITEC Summit in Maryland.

“We’re really thinking about… the information that both agencies and OMB need and how can OMB begin collecting the same information, so ultimately the agencies and OMB are using the same sheet of music for decision making and to provide oversight of investments,” Morrison said.

She said the new policy aims to help agencies increase transparency about their IT investments, coordinate their IT priorities with the government’s budgeting process and implement the Technology Business Management Council’s taxonomy that seeks to standardize measurement and management of IT costs.

Morrison told the station OMB expects to release the new agency guidance by May 5 and integrate it with Circular A-11 after the comment period.

The proposed guidance on IT capital planning comes as OMB works to address challenges to procurement of digital services and recruitment of cybersecurity professionals, the report added.

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