Improving IT in the Federal Government

Improving IT in the Federal Government


Joel C. Willemssen

Managing Director of Information Technology Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office

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About the Presentation

To increase productivity, provide benefits to its citizens, and bolster cybersecurity, the federal government spends more than $75 billion annually on information technology (IT). In its role as the audit arm of the Congress, the Government Accountability Office conducts reviews of various aspects of this investment in IT. These reviews cover topics that include information security, privacy, critical infrastructure protection, modernization efforts, enterprise architecture, investment management, and software acquisition and development. For example, in the area of information security, GAO has addressed issues on mobile device security, human capital, cloud computing, IT supply chain, the electricity grid, social media, and wireless communications. To enhance security, GAO has provided hundreds of recommendations to agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Department of Defense, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. GAO has issued numerous reports and testimonies on major IT modernization efforts such as those pursued by the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Defense, Food and Drug Administration, Social Security Administration, and Department of Agriculture. GAO also provides guidance in selected areas such as investment management, cost and schedule estimating, and enterprise architecture. In addition, through its work GAO has made recommendations for improving the federal dashboard on major IT investments, reducing duplicative IT investments, consolidating data centers, using agile software development approaches, and promoting the roles of federal chief information officers. Mr. Willemssen’s presentation will discuss the role GAO has in reviewing the management of IT in the federal government, and the improvements needed to help ensure that the substantial investment in IT is well spent.

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Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:
Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet (Read More)
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Joel C. Willemssen

U.S. Government Accountability Office
Managing Director of Information Technology Issues

Mr. Willemssen is the Managing Director of Information Technology Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In this position, he has overall responsibility for GAO’s evaluations of information technology across the federal government. Specific responsibilities include government-wide and agency-specific assessments of computer security and critical infrastructure protection; electronic government; information collection, use, and dissemination; privacy; system and software development and acquisition; system operation and maintenance; enterprise architectures; technology investment management; and telecommunications.

Since joining GAO in 1979, Mr. Willemssen has led numerous reviews of information technology systems and management at a wide array of federal agencies. He frequently testifies on information technology issues before congressional committees, appearing as GAO’s lead witness on more than 90 occasions.

Mr. Willemssen received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Iowa.

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