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August 11, 2017

In a recent Federal News Radio article, Sean Torpey, the acting deputy assistant administrator for Information and Technology and acting chief information officer for Federal Aviation Administration, noted his agency saved or avoided spending $36 million during their first year of using shared services for email and other capabilities.

“We were able to think innovatively and come up with some really cost effective ways to solving these types of problems,” Torpey told Federal News Radio.

These types of pioneering programs are a necessity, especially at a time when the government is working to eliminate IT inefficiencies and modernize agencies’ infrastructure.  Recently, Congressman William Hurd (R-Texas) reintroduced the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which aims to eliminate IT inefficiencies by modernizing outdated technology and infrastructure.

Torpey mentioned one of the approaches FAA is using to modernize its IT systems is the U.S. Digital Service’s playbook, which is used to develop the drone registration program.  This program was done in partnership with CSRA via the FAA Cloud Services (FCS) contract.  Through this contract, CSRA developed three different cloud environments on behalf of FAA that met both FedRAMP and FAA-specific cloud requirements while also providing cost-effective cloud alternatives.

To learn more about CSRA’s work with FAA including the drone program and how FAA is utilizing CSRA and shared services to optimize their infrastructure environment, read our whitepaper: FAA Cloud Services.

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