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Education Department, GSA Release IT Business Playbook

The General Services Administration and the Department of Education launched a new information technology acquisition guide, according to an article in CIO.gov published Wednesday.

The Technology Business Management Playbook will assist agencies in various IT implementation issues such as compliance reporting, cost transparency, business strategy development and initiatives for innovation. Jason Gray, chief information officer at the Department of Education and David Shive, CIO for the GSA explained the guide's purpose.

“We want to be able to take the lessons learned and take the issue areas that we solved and share those playbooks and learnings with other agencies,” Shive said.

The guide covers steps for IT deployment including identifying key stakeholders, determining the agency’s current state, targeting measurable desired outcomes, collating the agency’s current IT data, assessing insights and implementing and developing the TBM framework.

“Working with GSA has allowed us to build off of our experience with TBM and helped each other move forward faster with implementation,” Gray said.

The two agencies created the playbook in line with IT spending transparency objectives outlined in the president’s Management Agenda Cross Agency Priority.

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