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John Owens

John is a vice president with CGI Federal’s Emerging Technologies Practice. Prior to joining CGI in 2017, Owens spent nine years as CIO at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, leading the agency’s adoption of innovative methods for software development, including agile and DevOps. These efforts resulted in citizen-centric, user-friendly IT solutions and helped the agency accelerate its reactions to the demands of a rapidly changing technology marketplace

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Can new CIO powers improve FITARA compliance?

August 30, 2018 My colleague Kathleen Turco recently outlined the ways in which new authorities broaden the influence of federal chief information officers (CIOs), in particular the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the Modernizing Government Technology Act. The White House upped the stakes for CIOs ...

How commercial best practices can aid federal agency process change

July 2, 2018 Fortunately, commercial industry has already cleared the trail, at least partially. The private sector has amassed significant experience in disciplines such as agile methodology, DevOps and shared services. Commercial organizations are often adept at establishing a continuous development/deployment ...