WHY CPIC Matters More than Ever to Cybersecurity

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Federal CIOs are on the hot seat over cybersecurity after the revelation that the personal information of 4.2 million current and former federal employees was hacked. US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tony Scott said this week that agencies need to rethink how they fund cybersecurity. Scott said funding should not be an overall percentage of […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Federal CPIC Process

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Recently, the Integrity Matters blog asked the question, “Are You Making the Business Case for Federal Cybersecurity?” in an article about why and how to develop a business case through the Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC) process in order to justify return on investment in cybersecurity programs. Now we ask the question, “Are You Making […]

Acquisition and Program Management Tools for 2015

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It’s the time of year when many of us take stock of the last 12 months and vow to improve next year. We will be smarter, more organized, perhaps even try something new. The numerous Integrity Matters articles written by our on-the-ground experts in 2014 provide a leg up for the New Year. They contain […]

Are You Making the Business Case for Federal Cybersecurity?

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Cybersecurity has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the federal government over recent years, with round-the-clock threats in an online world.  In fact, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported in June that “the number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies increased in fiscal year 2013 significantly over the prior three years,” and […]

Better Acquisition Decisions through Financial Analysis

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Government spending has become a political football, and with budget cuts and sequestration, there is greater pressure to spend taxpayer dollars in the most cost effective way and to be able to prove that we are doing so. It seems like a daunting challenge, as more scrutiny has been placed on Federal programs that are […]

Using a Cross-functional Team for Effective Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC)

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It’s a commonly-used process, and yet so few manage to execute it effectively on a consistent basis. Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC), if performed as intended, provides a strategy for capital planning that enables organizations to demonstrate and maximize value from scarce public resources. With the current funding environment, CPIC is ever-more important as a […]

How to Get Buy-In on the Value of the Business Case

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You don’t have work in the federal budget field to know that agencies are closely reviewing every budget line item to see where they can streamline to reduce costs.  It is vital that government Program Managers (PMs) understand the importance of building and reporting on sound business cases for their investments – the OMB300 process. […]

The Three C’s Of CPIC Success at TSA

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With budgets and resources stretched more than ever, portfolios are under fire to demonstrate the value of their investments through sound business cases.  One way to show soundness is to demonstrate the business cases are compliant and coherent.  But how is this accomplished? Based on my experience supporting teams through many Capital Planning and Investment […]

The Importance of CPIC in the Age of Sequestration

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The age of sequestration has started; several departments across the federal government have seen significant budget cuts. As departments scramble to find funding and make the appropriate adjustments to their budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 14 and beyond, it can be tempting to cut support for the Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process. The […]

OMB 300/53 Business Case: The Path to Green Scores, Part II

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In my first post about the OMB 300/53, I laid out the operational basics, the scoring, and important stakes behind managing the business case process.  It’s not easy to achieve an all green scorecard at the end of this process.  But, it is do-able, if you anticipate the challenges and have proactive strategies. Having supported […]