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Maria Roat: IT Changes During Pandemic Give Agencies Opportunity to Further Advance Modernization

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Maria Roat
Maria Roat Deputy Federal CIO OMB

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information officer at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said federal agencies’ move to cloud-based telework arrangement and adoption of new digital tools during the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate continuity of operations highlighted the potential for modernization that agencies must continue in 2021, FedScoop reported Monday.

“The federal government has to continue to really thrive as it’s using advanced digital technology to make sure that we’re communicating with the public and that we’re interacting with service providers, that we’re leveraging all the technologies there,” Roat said at ACT-IAC’s virtual ELC conference.

“And as I look over the next year, these changes really give us opportunities to continue to innovate and challenge the norms and status quo. We did this this year — we cut through the bureaucracy,” she added.

Roat also cited the need for agency CIOs to double down on application rationalization and efforts when it comes to identifying legacy platforms that could be maintained and transitioned into modernized environments.

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