Sean Kelley, former Chief Information Security Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency and vice president of Business Development, Military and Veterans Health at Leidos, and Shawn Kingsberry, former CIO at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and VP of Digital Government at Unisys, join the program to discuss the MGT board’s new proposal requirements.
The Technology Modernization Board at the White House has fully laid out their plans for how agencies will request funds. Once they get the money, it’s up to agency Chief Information Officers to meet the board’s stringent requirements. “There’s nothing controversial or surprising with those principles, but I think a lot of us want to see where the next level is,” said Sean Kelley, vice president, Business Development, Military and Veterans Health, Leidos. “So, as we’re doing planning sessions and looking at the business cases that we put forward, you want to see [questions like] ‘What is the user-centered design, What does the security look like.’” Shawn Kingsberry, vice president of Digital Government at Unisys, says that if he were submitting a proposal to the MGT board, he’d want to be first in line. “The question is going to be ‘How quickly can your agency move to execute those funds?’,” Kingsberry said. “You have that mix between ‘get me in line first’, and having to figure out the mechanics of releasing the funds from the board… In parallel, you have to get your organization aligned. Say, ‘We have these funds, how quickly can we get it through the process and get value out the other end.’”