Suzette Kent: Gov’t IT Modernization to Increase in 2020

Suzette Kent
Suzette Kent

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2019 Wash100 winner, says that the government anticipates an increase in information technology modernization in 2020, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

The government plans to develop data sharing tools, facilitate information exchange between organizations, and focus on supply chain management.

There is also an expected movement towards automation, with officials “choosing the use cases and the applications that augment and empower,” said Kent.

In 2019, the government introduced initiatives to support the changes to come in 2020. An example is the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy, a program that provides an opportunity for federal employees to receive training to be qualified cyber defense personnel.

“It’s been a fantastic year, but we have a lot of exciting things going forward,” Kent said at an Advanced Technology Academic Research Center event held Wednesday.

She has also said that the Federal Data Strategy’s 2020 action plan “feels different,” and will have details such as action plans and methods to measure success.

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