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Watch this hour-long video with Jerad Speigel talking about EA in US Government today:


The former US Federal CIO, Steven VanRoekel, in 2012 launched a plan for doing more with less and devising solutions with a “shared first” and a “future first” perspective to “yield a higher return on our IT investments, increase productivity, and improve the way the government interacts with the American people”. In his first public keynote, he announced that the “Shared First” initiative is aimed at rooting out waste and duplication across the Federal IT portfolio, and that the “Future First” initiative “will help us continuously architect for the future”.

On May 2, 2012 VanRoekel issued a memo to the federal CIOs titled Increasing Shared Approaches to Information Technology Services. In this memo, two major initiatives are announced:
  • The Common Approach to Federal Enterprise Architecture, which provides guidance for a common approach to the practice of Enterprise Architecture (EA) throughout the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government.
  • The Federal IT Shared Services Strategy and its Shared-First effort is using “a cross-organizational perspective to identify opportunities for the consolidation of redundant mission, support, and commodity IT services at all levels, in all federal sector Lines of Business (LOBs), in all program areas, and with all IT acquisition vehicles”. The strategy states:
Federal Agencies must innovate with less given current fiscal constraints, increasing mission requirements, rising customer expectations, and the ever-evolving landscape of IT. For Federal Agency Chief Information Officers (CIOs) this means that they must:
  • Deliver solutions faster, for less money, and with fewer resources;
  • Develop authoritative future-ready business and technology architectures / standards to guide investment; and
  • Take advantage of evolving technologies and methodologies to accomplish agency mission and support functions more efficiently, while also improving quality and flexibility.

To be successful in resource-constrained operating environments, Federal Agencies must also eliminate wasteful spending that result from implementing duplicative solutions for mission, support, and commodity IT functions.

OMB in 2013 reported that a review of Federal Agency IT investments “revealed many redundancies and billions of dollars in potential savings that could be achieved through consolidation and a shared approach to IT service delivery within and between agencies”.


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