Vivek Kundra


Vivek Kundra

Using Dashboards in Government

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - 9:08
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 09:01
Vivek Kundra is leaving the federal government after having served as its first chief information officer.  Probably one of his most visible initiatives was to create the IT Dashboard which he used to publicly track the performance of information technology investments across federal agencies.  There’s even a picture of President Obama studying Vivek’s on-line IT Dashboard!

A Vision of IT Consolidation in the Federal Government

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - 11:50
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 10:12
Faster, better decision-making is needed through reduced learning curves and creating a collaborative environment. These goals have led to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (or DCCI, February 26, 2010).  Near-term projects will focus on reducing cost, improving IT security, and shifting investments into more efficient computing platforms and technologies.

Improving IT Management – 25 Principles Unveiled

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 - 12:43
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:40
Key principles include:  reducing the number of data centers by at least 800 by 2015; adopting a “cloud first” program that requires agencies to determine three opportunities to move support to the cloud; developing career paths for government IT management; and reforming review and guidance bodies, like the IRB, CIO Council, and TechStat process. Procurement reform and contract vehicle changes are also components of the reform.

Obama's FY 2011 Management Initiatives

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - 18:23
Most of the news media focused on the size of the budget and which agencies gained or lost.  However, the budget also included an overview of the Obama Administration’s management initiatives, as well. The overall emphasis of these initiatives is on achieving defined mission-oriented results.  It de-emphasizes (but still addresses) improvements to mission-support functions and the reporting of performance information.

Data-Driven Performance: The Hearing

Friday, December 11th, 2009 - 15:30
Senator Mark Warner chaired another hearing of his Taskforce on Government Performance, on “Data-Driven Performance:  Using Technology to Deliver Results.” The Obama Administration’s chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, testified.  Here are some interesting excerpts from his statement:

Open Gov Directive: Progress to Date

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 - 16:08
The White House continues to pioneer a new approach to crafting policy by actively seeking public input.  The media seems a bit skeptical about how it is going, though, calling it “not so presidential” in part because of the many off-topic comments.  However that hadn’t deterred the pioneers!

Obama Tech Agenda

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 - 16:48
The 2008 Obama presidential campaign laid out a series of exciting ideas for the use of technology in government and proposed the creation of both a Chief Technology Officer and a cybersecurity czar.  This was accompanied by the campaign’s own successful use of technology.  During the Transition, the “Technology, Innovation, and Governme

Open Government Directive? Not Yet!

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 - 15:01
The long-anticipated presidential directive on Transparency and Open Government was targeted by President Obama to be announced today – 120 days after he signed a memo directing the development of an Open Government Directive.  I always thought that was a bit ambitious, especially since the officials designated to lead the effort had not yet been appointed.  In fact, the head of that effort, chief technology officer

Transparency: Promising Practices

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - 16:08
If you haven’t read the GSA Intergovernmental Solutions’ Spring 2009 newsletter, it’s worth downloading and reading.  It’s about 40 pages of articles.

Web 2.0: Leading by Example

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 - 9:33
With the White House using new Web 2.0 tools with some fanfare, this is beginning to create the informal “permission” to expand its use in agencies.  It is leadership by example.  While agencies and employees have been increasingly, yet tentatively, piloting Web 2.0 tools over the past two years, adoption of their use seems to be picking up quickly.  In addition, there seems to be a new energy around tackling some of the legal, administrative, and cultural barriers to their use.