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  • 1. USDA 2007 and 2008 IT Priorities Robert Suda Associate Chief Information Officer, Integration and Operations
  • 2. Agenda
    • USDA’s Objectives
    • USDA’s Information Technology Goals
    • Telecommunications Strategy
    • IT Operational Priorities through 2008 (other than Telecommunications)
    • Department-wide Governance of IT Priorities
  • 3. USDA’s Objectives
    • Expand international trade for agricultural products and support international economic development
    • Expand domestic marketing opportunities for agricultural products and strengthen risk management, the use of financial tools, and the provision of sound information to help farmers and ranchers in their decision-making process
    • Further develop alternative markets for agricultural products and activities
    • Provide financing needed to help expand job opportunities and improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America
    • Enhance food safety by taking steps to reduce the prevalence of foodbourne hazards from farm to table and safeguard agriculture from natural and intentional threats
    • Improve nutrition by providing food assistance and nutrition education and promotion
    • Manage and protect America’s public and private lands working cooperatively with other levels of government and the private sector
  • 4. USDA Information Technology Goals Define and operate the technology solutions, underlying architecture and processes for IT’s long-term support of business capabilities Align the IT organization’s structure, skills and sourcing strategy with the needs of the Department, while promoting employee learning and satisfaction Manage IT resources and operations to ensure effective and efficient support of business and financial goals Ensure the IT organization and technology are aligned with the Department’s goals and objectives throughout the entire cycle of innovation, planning and delivery
  • 5. Telecommunications Strategy
    • Universal Telecommunications Network (UTN) Implementation
    • Networx Transition
    • Internet Protocol Address Database
    • IPv6
    • Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
    • Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI)
  • 6. GSA Networx Contract
    • Key USDA Networx Transition Goals:
    • Move FTS2001 Services to Networx Before the Expiration of the
    • FTS2001 Bridge Contract
    • Expedite the Availability of Enhanced Services Provided by Networx
    • Minimize Disruptions to Agency Programs via Thorough Transition
    • Planning and Effective Plan Execution
    • Minimize Transition Expenses to Agencies by Meeting Transition Cost
    • Reimbursement Goals
  • 7. Networx Transition Timeline Universal Award Enterprise Award Vendor Selection Plan Execution Inventory Maintenance Inventory Validation Vendor(s) Selected Tactical Plans Strategic Plans Vendor Selection Planning 2007 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Proposal Evaluations, Demonstrations, Recommendations, Documentation Service Requirements Definition Transition Begins Planning Operations
  • 8. Networx Procurement Status
    • GSA Networx Awards
    • Networx Universal – March 2007 – On Schedule
    • Networx Enterprise – May 2007 – On Schedule
    • USDA Vendor Selection
    • Transition Manager – In Place
    • Contracting Officer – In Place
    • Evaluation Teams Leads – In Place
    • Source Selection Plan – In Progress
    • Service Requirements Definition – In Progress
    • Projected Evaluation Start Date : May 1, 2007
  • 9.
    • Contractor support for the USDA VoIP working group
    • Contractor will:
      • Establish baseline and define requirements
      • Review technology options
      • Provide technical alternative analyses
      • Develop recommendations for an enterprise roadmap in collaboration with participating agencies and management
    VoIP Contract Support U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the CIO
  • 10.
    • Key products of the workgroup:
      • Capital Planning and Investment Control Select Phase completed on behalf of all agencies
      • Enterprise roadmap
      • Policy
    VoIP Enterprise Solution U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the CIO
  • 11. IT Operational Priorities through 2008 (other than Telecommunications)
    • Workforce Development/Succession Planning
    • Mobile Workforce – take the business back to the customer
    • Operations Optimization
      • Hosting
        • Data Centers
        • Web Farms
      • LAN Support
    • Standardization
      • Policies and Processes
        • IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
      • Architectures
  • 12. IT Operational Priorities through 2008 (other than Telecommunications) – cont’d
    • Emergency Preparedness
      • Site B
      • Planned continuity of the business processes, not just the technology
    • Enterprise Shared Hosting Environment
      • Web Farms
      • Enterprise Shared Services
    • E-Messaging
    • IT Security/Implementation of NIST 800-53/Internal Controls
    • Systems Monitoring
      • Establish Enterprise NOC
    • Technology Refreshment
  • 13. Department-wide Governance of IT Priorities
  • 14.
    • January – July – OCIO updates investment planning instructions defining requirements for all IT investments: major and non-major; new and existing; and all components (hardware, software, services). Agencies prepare/update documentation.
    • January thru July – OCIO and partners review & update the documentation for compliance with CPIC, FEA, PI, LoB requirements and determine alignment with USDA’s strategic plans, agency mission, and target EA; review includes peer reviews and OCIO meetings with agency leadership to discuss status.
    • August —Investment package forwarded to E-Board for final review before submission to OMB.
    • Ongoing – Agency requests OCIO approval to acquire the products and/or services defined in the planning documents. OCIO review ensures that data required for tracking acquisitions are available in the planning documents.
    • Agency and USDA architects review the latest data in the EA knowledgebase. OCIO approval to proceed is dependent upon compliance with architectural policies (leveraging existing products, services, infrastructure, etc.), acquisition strategy, and completeness of the documentation.
    • Agencies provide details on actual purchases and suppliers, and their business, technical and data architectures in order to provide line of sight from the approved plan through implementation.
    • Monthly – A gency captures and records cost, schedule, and performance information for investment management. OCIO monitors security compliance, cost, schedule, and performance information and provides feedback to agencies and the E-Board
    • Ongoing – A gencies use the EA knowledgebase and the results of investment management to review their current investment portfolio in light of the USDA target architecture. Performance of current projects is an element of the review. The results of the portfolio review become input to the next iteration of investment planning.
    • Summer – U SDA conducts enterprise-level portfolio analysis, considering the current infrastructure with the target architecture. Performance of current projects is an element of the review. The review identifies business transformation opportunities for USDA —opportunities to save money, reduce redundancy, consolidate similar functions, enhance services, and so on. Recommendations are forwarded to the next iteration of investment planning.
    E-Board Approval for submission to OMB 1. 2. 3. 6. Cost and Schedule Status Reporting Initiation of next round of planning 7. 8. 1. Integrated governance ensures that every USDA IT investment will both a) support the agency/USDA mission & b) advance the USDA IT infrastructure. “ Line of sight” provides visibility from planning through implementation. OCIO Capital Planning Requirements 4. Investment Planning Focus = Budget Year Investment Management Focus = Current Year Portfolio Evaluation Focus = Portfolio performance to date Enterprise Portfolio Review Document Preparation and Submission Acquisition Approval Procurement Tracking Investment Review Cycle 5. 1/21/07 INTEGRATED IT GOVERNANCE – JANUARY 2007 OMB “Passback” to OBPA
  • 15. Questions