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CAP Goal IconImproving Outcomes Through Federal IT Spending Transparency




Goal Leaders


David Shive,
Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration

Gerard Badorrek,
Chief Financial Officer, General Services Administration

Jason Gray,
Chief Information Officer, Department of Education

Douglas Webster,
Chief Financial Officer, Department of Education

Fred Nutt,
Senior Advisor, Office of Management and Budget

Suzette Kent,
Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget


Goal Statement


PMG_red_target_iconThis goal will:   improve business, financial, and acquisition outcomes; enable Federal executives to make data-driven decisions and analyze trade-offs between cost, quality, and value of IT investments; reduce agency burden for reporting IT budget, spend, and performance data by automating the use of authoritative data sources; and enable IT benchmarking across Federal Government agencies and with other public and private sector organizations.

The Challenge


PMG_red_target_iconThe Federal Government spends at least $90 billion annually on IT, and Federal executives have long known they could better manage that spending with increased visibility and more accurate data. Congress and taxpayers have pressed for better information about how Federal IT dollars are spent and the return on that investment. The FY 2018 President’s Budget reported 84% of the total Federal IT budget categorized as “other,” as opposed to being clearly tied to a specific IT category of spend. This lack of granularity makes it difficult to baseline Federal investments and show the public whether Government is spending taxpayer dollars effectively in order to drive the large scale change needed to improve business transformation and citizen services. In the spring of 2017, Office of Management and Budget guidance called on agencies to begin adopting elements of the Technology Business Management framework - an open source standard for IT costs. This will provide more granularity in IT spend based upon a taxonomy broadly accepted across both private and public sector organizations.

What Success Looks Like


PMG_red_target_iconThe TBM Framework will enable the Federal Government to:   run IT like a business; drive innovation and business transformation; improve services to citizens; add cost transparency; and increase accountability to taxpayers.

Federal IT Spending Transparency in the News

Help Wanted: Increase the Effectiveness of your Tax Dollar!

By Margaret M. Weichert, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

June 18, 2018

The Federal government spends at least $90 billion annually on IT. The announcement of the President’s Management Agenda included a cross-agency priority goal specifically focused on increasing transparency in spend and performance metrics associated with IT across the enterprise. The adoption of the Technology Business Management (TBM) Framework will provide more granularity in IT investments based upon an open-source taxonomy broadly accepted across both private and public sector organizations.

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