recommended reading

VanRoekel launches TechStat for agencies' full IT portfolios

This story has been updated.

The Office of Management and Budget launched an expansion of Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's TechStat program for troubled technology projects Friday.

The new program, known as PortfolioStat, will require agency chief operating officers or deputy secretaries to lead agencywide information technology portfolio reviews rather than assess one project at a time, according to a White House blog post by VanRoekel.

The COOs must work with agency chief information officers, chief financial officers and chief acquisition officers, the blog post said.

"By June 15, agencies will complete a high-level survey of agency IT portfolio status and a bureau level information request for specific types of commodity IT investments that will be used to baseline the maturity of agency portfolios," the post said.

PortfolioStat will help agencies "look into the darkest corners of the organization to find wasteful and duplicative IT investments," VanRoekel said in the blog post.

VanRoekel announced the initiative during a meeting of the President's Management Advisory Board on Friday morning. Acting OMB Director Jeff Zients also outlined the program in memo to agency officials Friday.

VanRoekel previously told the board of private sector advisors during a November 2011 meeting that PortfolioStat was on its way.

TechStat reviews have saved the government roughly $4 billion since 2010 by halting or reforming failing or past-due IT projects, according to VanRoekel.

His predecessor, Vivek Kundra, designed the TechStat system as a reform-or-perish presentation managers of overdue, budget-busting IT projects must give to agency technology leaders and the federal CIO. TechStat is also being performed on the agency level now. VanRoekel conducts at least one TechStat review each month.

TechStat is one of several initiatives launched by Kundra and VanRoekel in the past three years to modernize the federal IT infrastructure and to increase efficiency in IT spending.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.