LaVerne Council, national managing principal of enterprise tech strategy & innovation at Grant Thornton, discusses changes to the IT oversight structure in Congress and why it’s important for legislators to keep an eye on tech developments.
Rep. Gerry Connolly told Government Matters last month that the Government Operations Subcommittee would be taking over the IT oversight portfolio in the 116th Congress. Because of this shuffle, new eyes will be on agency IT leaders. LaVerne Council, national managing principal of enterprise tech strategy & innovation at Grant Thornton, says that the move is good for government technology oversight. “Congressman Hurd who had the committee did a great job in helping people understand what the expectations were with technology. But what Congressman Connolly has recognized is that IT is in everything. There’s a $90 billion spend in the agencies that are going towards technology. Everyone knows tech is in every process. Having a separate committee probably seemed odd when really, it’s an operational need at this point,” Council said. “The thing that you and I know is that we use more tech than we ever thought we would, we’ll use more in the future than we ever thought we would and tech moves faster than policy. He is bringing it closer to the operations so that the operators, the CIOSs, the leaders within the agencies really have a feel for what is expected and ensure that they have what they need to do it.”