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Posted: 3/14/2011 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

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Taking after the world's most famous patron saint, Vivek Kundra's focused on driving the inefficiency snakes out of Fed IT. And, like any good Irishman, he's shaking the 25 Point Fed IT management plan as the "hair of the dog" cure for Uncle Sam's IT hangover. But, many tipplers at the OMB ABC report dizziness, but little euphoria - and some are questioning the complexity of the computing cocktail.

In fact, questions abound. Will agencies imbibe? Where's the carrot, swizzle stick, or olive? How will we measure success? Perhaps a better way to view the 25-shot bar menu is as a series of drinks, rather than one single Long Island Iced IT? And, importantly, what's OMB's by-the-drink plan to engage and educate the community? No wonder the room's spinning...
OMB is asking for $25 million to roll out the 25 Point IT plan. And, to be sure, the Hill's throwing a St. Kundra's Day party to debate the merits and monies involved. Hosted by Senator Carper (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, on April 12, the hearing provides a platform for Mr. Kundra to make the case for the 25 IT commandments.
As an A-lister, you're invited to the party - and we want your perspectives. MeriTalk is fielding a survey on the 25 Point plan - our goal is to provide a sober voice for the Fed IT community. We'll package up the responses and provide them to Senator Carper. Mark your calendar to pull up a stool at the hearing in room 342 at the Hart Senate Office Building. Green beer optional.
P.S. If one party's not enough for you, make a date to attend MeriTalk Innovation Nation on August 23 at the D.C. Convention Center. Co-located with GOSCON, we're asking the tough operational questions on data center consolidation, cloud, cyber, and open source.

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