In this special two-part panel discussion, the acting heads of the General Services Administration’s major technology initiatives break down the priorities and projects at their offices.
The General Services Administration is going through some major staff changes, while also undertaking some big projects. As the vacant positions are filled with acting directors and commissioners, GSA is still on target to assist agencies with their modernization challenges. Three acting heads of GSA tech initiatives joined Government Matters for a panel discussion and provided updates on the Centers of Excellence, FedRAMP and the Office of Products and Programs. Kelly Olson, Acting Director of the Technology Transformation Service, GSA– “I do feel at this point that we have a very diverse, very integrated solution set to bring into agencies. I know we have a very dedicated, very creative, very resilient team… but we are still recruiting. We are looking for new people to come join TTS with software development skills, modern agile strategy, product management experience, design experience. So we are recruiting for that effort, as well as the centers excellence, as we continue to scale those up.” Matt Goodrich, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Products & Programs, GSA– “I think the thing that we do at OPP that’s unique is we actually solve government modernization problems for the entirety of government. So, we’ve done that through programs like Data.gov or FedRAMP and even citizen-facing things like USA.gov to give them a platform to interact directly with agencies. We take those IT modernization barriers, and really work with the administration as their partner [to remove] those barriers so government agencies can focus on delivering on their mission rather than how to get to delivering their mission.” Ashley Mahan, Acting Director of FedRAMP, GSA– “In the last couple years, you’ve seen fantastic forward movement with the program. I continue on [moving] in that same trend. Cyber threats are evolving, and our mission at FedRAMP will stay the same. We are here to ensure that federal information is protected within cloud technologies. We want to continue to be an enabler; working with agencies to ensure that their mission functions and business functions can transfer into these innovative cloud services, but also keeping the number one priority in place, which is security.”