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Expect OPM's IT plan next month

Jan. 13, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments
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Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, says the agency is on track to release an IT modernization plan in February. (Mike Morones / Staff)

The Office of Personnel Management is on track to produce a promised information technology modernization plan by next month, Director Katherine Archuleta said Monday.

“We need to step into the new century and I think IT modernization is going to help us do that,” Archuleta said during an interview at her office. “All of the enterprise architecture that is sort of ripe for improvement, we’re going to take a look at.”

She stressed, however, that agency officials will be looking for “low-hanging fruit,” and what can be done with existing funding. “At a time when there are very few resources, we’ve got be very strategic and very surgical,” she said, adding that the plan will be made public.

Archuleta, who became OPM director in early November, had previously pledged to develop the plan within her first 100 days in office. In recent years, IT has been been a high-profile source of headaches for the agency.

In 2008, for example, OPM canceled RetireEZ, an ambitious attempt to fully automate retirement processing for federal employees, after the system flunked numerous tests. In 2011, the agency’s rollout of an in-house version of — which had previously been run by a contractor — was marred by major snafus. At the time, the agency blamed an unprecedented surge in traffic for the problems, which were eventually fixed.

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