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Army turns to category management in new IT approach

The Army is taking on a "no new money" approach when it comes to IT, and thinks category management can help.

The Army's primary IT budget goal is to better track and spend money it already has, Army Deputy CIO Gregory Garcia said at FCW's Feb 21 Cloud Security event in Washington, D.C.

Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford and Army Cyber Command head Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty will act as category managers to champion that approach.

Garcia said the Army has gotten some insight from the Reform Management Group process that identifies where IT spending occurs rather than where it is programmed. 

Ultimately, the Army aims to see, assess, redirect and control IT spending in all programs to get a sense of the whole enterprise.

"People program IT spend, and then the real world happens and they spend IT spend," Garcia said. "So we're going to see what was the plan, what was the actual expenditure patterns based on expenditure data, and dig in on where we can make those greater savings."

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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