Federal IT dashboard gets big savings for Veterans Administration

Federal IT dashboard gets big savings for Veterans Administration

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Hey, it looks like the IT dashboard, introduced weeks ago by the Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, has already gotten big results.

Check out Evidence-based decisions:

…. the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under the leadership of
Secretary Shinseki and VA CIO Roger Baker, announced that it will
temporarily halt 45 IT projects which are either behind schedule or
over budget and work to determine whether these programs should be
continued. We’re not talking about a trivial sum here—the Fiscal Year
2009 combined budget for the 45 projects is approximately $200 million.
The worst offender of the bunch was 110% over budget and 17 months
behind schedule.


We were able to catch these contracts, in part, thanks to our new tool,
the "IT Dashboard” which helped shed light on the performance of
projects across the federal government.


During the next few weeks, the VA will audit these 45 projects to
determine whether additional resources or new management teams can get
them back on schedule. If they can’t be fixed, the projects will be
canceled.

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