OPM has TMF requests for Zero Trust, Cloud – MeriTalk
Like all federal agencies, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) strives to comply with President Biden’s Cyber Executive (EO) decree. To help comply with the OE and OPM’s modernization mission, the agency has made funding requests to the Board of Directors of the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) to help OPM transition to zero trust and cloud modernization, OPM CIO Guy Cavallo said on August 31.
During his first public speaking since officially becoming OPM CIO, Cavallo revealed these two demands for TMF and that OPM is looking to set up a working capital (WCF) to make multi-year investments in IT modernization objectives of the agency.
“We are working at all levels,” Cavallo said during a Nextgov webinar. “[The EO] pointed out that some of our onsite tools were not up to date, totally giving us some of the numbers which I think for each agency gives you that checkpoint.
“The ones I’m focusing on are moving to the cloud and trustless networks,” Cavallo added. “I have technology modernization funding requests for both. Because even though I can do some things with my current budget, getting an extra injection of funding would be great. “
Cavallo said that to help the agency migrate to the cloud, OPM has built a cloud community of excellence, completed a 90-day sprint, implemented an initial architecture and broadband connections, and is starting to enable cloud security tools. .
While Cavallo sees promise in TMF’s applications, he recognizes that due to the unique nature of the rewards, the creation of a WCF at the OPM will also be useful in helping with the modernization of the agency.
“We took advantage of this technological modernization fund, we asked again for that one shot of money,” Cavallo. “I see people making mistakes and thinking it’s an unlimited fund forever.”
“[The TMF] is used to initiate technology, so initiating cybersecurity in the cloud is a new adventure, so it is something. You should consider moving to a zero trust network away from the traditional VPN, get a new initiative, ”Cavallo added. “You cannot pay for the current licenses after the piracy, but it will help you through this transition”
Cavallo has said in his experience that modernizing technology is usually priced at or less than the systems they replace, so cutting costs is one way to fund IT modernization, but a WCF is more sustainable. if an agency can get an appropriate one through Congress. .
Cavallo has already successfully created one in his previous position as Assistant CIO in the Small Business Administration. He uses this experience to try to replicate the process at OPM.
“You have to work closely with your political leaders – your liaison with Congress or whatever your office is – and then meet with the Hill,” Cavallo explained. “We definitely took the language that we approved in SBA, and reused it for OPM and said, ‘Hey, you guys, you’ve approved this once. Let’s do this again. ‘”