Agency Snapshot: Department of Commerce
The Commerce Department's Office of the Chief Information Officer leads the strategic management of information technology (IT) resources throughout the Department of Commerce, helping to ensure that programs make effective and efficient use of IT. The Office of the CIO is responsible for providing policy, direction, oversight, and risk management for the Department’s estimated $2.5B IT portfolio, which includes the major IT investments that support the Department’s missions, as well as spending on computer, networking, and telecommunications hardware, software, and services.
Among the priorities being led by the OCIO are strengthening the Department’s cyber security, improving IT risk management and integration of IT risk management with the Department’s enterprise risk management program, and IT cost efficiencies initiatives ranging from strategic sourcing to consolidation of IT infrastructure and services. The OCIO is also responsible for providing Department-level leadership for the Administration’s IT management agenda.
The OCIO is involved in a variety of activities aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of IT spending at DOC. These range from consolidation of data centers and other IT infrastructure and services to contract consolidation, to strategic sourcing and other efforts aimed at using standardization to reduce acquisition and/or operations and maintenance costs. Several of the initial strategic sourcing initiatives being pursued within DOC fall in the domain of IT (sourcing of computers, printers/copiers and related services, as well as wireless phones/devices and wireless plans).
Effectively managing the many ongoing IT investments is one of the biggest challenges for agencies. These IT investments can range from new citizen-facing services to systems that help government employees perform their jobs more effectively. Effective management of these projects is necessary to ensure that investments do not exceed estimated costs, are completed on time, and provide promised capabilities. The metrics shown here, as well as on the more detailed IT Dashboard, provide a measure of how well agencies are doing in managing their largest investments so that citizens and managers know which investments are performing well and which need attention.
While technology is critical for agencies to work effectively, we must ensure that we efficiently manage our technology operations, from our infrastructure to our software to our user service, in order to prevent waste of taxpayer dollars. The government’s current priorities include centralizing key Federal IT services to decrease duplicative and wasteful spending, reducing facility space usage and energy consumption, and improving service delivery. More information on achieving operational efficiency can be found in the 25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management.
Our Nation's security and economic prosperity depend on the stability and integrity of our Federal communications and information infrastructure. Threats to cyberspace pose some of the most serious challenges of the 21st century for the United States. OMB is working with agencies, the Government Accountability Office and Congress to strengthen the Federal government's IT security and privacy programs.