New Commission to Monitor Federal IT Spending

Published: May 27, 2015

Government Performance

The Technology Business Management Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the business of IT management, has formed a new commission of public and private sector CIOs to increase transparency and provide visibility into federal IT buys.

The Commission on IT Cost, Opportunity, Strategy and Transparency (IT COST) was established to help provide more insight into federal IT spending.  The commission hopes to contribute to implementation of legislation such as the DATA Act and FITARA which are meant to improve federal IT program management and acquisition. 

Commission Members are listed below:


Sylvia Burns, Interior Department CIO

Frank Baitman, Health and Human Services CIO

Richard McKinney, Department of Transportation CIO

Steve Cooper, Commerce CIO

Joyce Hunter, USDA acting CIO



Sunny Gupta, Appito CEO

Doug Lane, Capgemini Government Solutions CEO

Todd Lavieri, President, Americas, Information Services Group

Ralph Kahn, Tanium VP of Federal

One of the group’s main goals is to develop a standard taxonomy around IT reporting and spending.  Today much of the data on the federal IT portfolio is self-reported, leaving a lot of room for error and misreporting according to Sylvia Burns, Interior CIO and commission member.

“There are key private sector learnings that can be applied to the federal space that we believe will have a substantive, lasting impact on the way public sector CIOs manage and communicate the value of their technology investments," stated Doug Lane, CEO of Capgemini Government Solutions and commission member.

The COST Commission will hold its first meeting in June with plans to release a report with recommendations in early 2016.