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“A lack of will.”
Looking back at his five years working to rev up federal e-government initiatives, it’s that factor, not a lack of technology or technical prowess, says Tim Young, that often hampers IT projects and keeps them from succeeding.
By way of example, the deputy administrator for e-government and IT in the Office of Management and Budget points to the consolidation of the government’s financial systems. Despite the creation of financial services centers through the Financial Management Line of Business, two large agencies have yet to collapse their payroll processing and large data systems into one of the LOB’s centers.
“Really, it takes so long to consolidate because there is a lack of will,” says Young, who spoke at the spring Management of Change Conference in Norfolk, Va.
Young, who plans to step down from his post near the presidential shift but has yet to settle on his next work assignment, says he gained a satchelful of best practices when it comes to getting IT projects done in government:
As Young prepares to end his time at OMB, he says, a chief lesson learned will serve him well in the future: Authority alone can’t lead people to act. Although OMB’s E-Gov and IT Office ostensibly serves as the government’s top systems shop, it can’t get “people to act or come around because of authority.’’
Really, the past five years, he says, have mainly involved focusing on personality, battling “stalwart believers of the status quo.”