When we last discussed the President’s push to modernize government technology, it was clear that adopting modern business processes is a key part of developing FEMA’s Workplace Transformation. This change will require time, innovation and creativity by everyone to ensure the new processes are integrated within the Information Technology infrastructure so FEMA can move to a truly electronic work environment. Today, I would like to provide an update on the FEMA initiatives currently driving this effort.
As mentioned in a previous article, Modernizing Business Processes, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has established the eFlow work group. This group, comprised of members from across FEMA, is actively working to identify which processes need to be converted from paper-based to electronic, and exploring how to leverage potential technology synergies in order to provide the best solutions for FEMA's transition into a virtual work environment.
The advancement of technology during this transformation is critical and OCIO is committed to providing the necessary IT enablers for FEMA employees to excel at their jobs. Additional training sessions will be coming soon, providing advice on how best to maximize use of current available technology in the near term, while longer-term solutions are identified and implemented.
Over the next few months, you can expect to receive more detailed information on the processes – and associated initiatives – that will allow you to become a truly mobile workforce that can work anywhere, any time. This is an exciting time for the modern age of technology – and for all of you.