DOL CIO on modernization driving FITARA scorecard improvements

“DoL CIO Gundeep Ahluwalia praised his department’s commitment to modernization as a driving factor in DoL going from a C- on the FITARA 10.0 Scorecard to a B- on the latest scorecard.

‘The department’s high marks in implementing FITARA is a testament to our organization’s commitment to IT modernization,’ Ahluwalia told subcommittee members. ‘We are the only agency to receive A grades in six of the seven categories. As a result of our efforts in implementing FITARA and upgrading our infrastructure, Labor was able to quickly transition 95 percent of our workforce to a remote work environment when the COVID-19 pandemic started without any interruptions to mission activity.’

Among those A grades, were top scores in incremental development – jumping from a failing grade on the 10.0 scorecard. DoL also got an A grade for its progress on data center optimization, which was a major topic of discussion at the hearing.

DoL is a leader in that field, closing 73 data centers, both tiered and non-tiered – even with OMB changing the latter’s classification – and has realized savings of over $70 million in the process.

‘During my time as CIO of the Department of Labor, our focus has been on paying down our technological debt, enabling the IT strategy and utilizing the tools Congress has provided – with FITARA, the Modernizing Government Technology Act, and the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF),’ Ahluwalia said. ‘In addition to innovative contracting strategies. We are taking advantage of the TMF funding opportunities, coupled with our working capital fund (WCF) authority and appropriations for IT modernization.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Want a Good FITARA Scorecard Grade? A Couple of CIOs Tell How… – By Lamar Johnson, April 16, 2021. MeriTalk.

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