Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel made his first public appearance recently in Silicon Valley, where he outlined a “technology-centric ‘future-ready’ approach to federal IT,” a report cites. VanRoekel plans to build upon the work of his predecessor, Vivek Kundra, including “continuing to consolidate federal data centers and implementing cloud computing according to the ‘Cloud First’ mandate issued by the government earlier this year to cut costs and create efficiencies.”
“Building on the progress of the last two-and-a-half years, my focus going forward will be to drive innovation in government and make investments in technology that better serve the American people,” VanRoekel is quoted as saying in this transcript of his prepared remarks. “We will use technology to improve government productivity and lower barriers to citizen and business interaction with the government, all while bolstering cyber security.”
Citing the “Cloud First” policy’s effect on IT spending, his own policy, “Future First,” aims to have the Federal government ahead of the curve on new technologies. VanRoekel envisions a set of principles “like ‘XML First,’ ‘Web Services First,’ ‘Virtualize First,’ and other ‘Firsts’ that will inform how we develop our government’s systems,” he said.
The CIO hopes that not only will these new policies help transform the government both internally and in its external engagements, but that they will also help federal IT professionals become a “future ready” workforce by learning the latest innovations in technology.