Horace Blackman, Central Office CIO at the Veterans Affairs Department, says IT organizations were already used to "flat-line" budget before sequestration.

Apr 30 2013

7 ‘Say What’ Moments from GITEC Summit 2013

From sequestration to unified communications, feds speak their mind.

If you bring a group of techies together to muse about the state of technology, there are bound to be a few intriguing moments. Federal IT gatherings are no different; witness some of the comments made yesterday during GITEC Summit 2013 in Baltimore:

  • “Pretty much for the last four years, we’ve been flat-lined while demands on IT have grown exponentially. In some ways, we feel like we’ve been sequestered for four years.” — Horace Blackman, CIO for the Veterans Affairs Department’s Central Office
  • “Mobile may be bigger than cloud going forward.” — Joe Klimavicz, CIO at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • “It’s hard to do a lot of innovation; you have to invest to innovate.” — Robert Coen, acting director of the National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center
  • “I have worked in two completely different cultures: At the Environmental Protection Agency, we were the tree huggers; at the National Nuclear Security Administration, we’re the bomb lovers.” — Oliver Voss, acting head of the contracting activity, NNSA Office of Acquisition Management
  • “Our data center was designed pre-virtualization thinking — in an ideal world, we would have provisioned more accurately.” — Simone Szykman, CIO at the Commerce Department
  • “Mobile devices are productivity tools, and you’re going to have preferences in productivity tools.” — Kimberly Hancher, CIO at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • “With unified communications, today we’re basically asking industry to unify what it had offered as a package 10 years ago.” — Gary Wall, chief technology officer for the Health and Human Services Department

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