Meet the CIOs: Commerce

Commerce: Alan Balutis

Alan Balutis

ALAN P. BALUTIS
Commerce Department
14th & Constitution Avenue N.W. #5820
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: 202-482-3490
Fax: 202-482-3361
E-mail: abalutis@doc.gov

Career Highlights:

1994-Present: Director for budget, management and information, and deputy chief information officer
1979-94: Various Commerce positions, including director for budget, planning and organization
1975-79: Posts at Health, Education and Welfare, including management analyst

IT Budget (fiscal years):
1996: $665 million
1997: $760 million
1998: $835 million (est.)

Priority Projects:

  • Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System - integrating data from a variety of sources to aid forecasting.
  • Decennial Census Automation - multi-component imaging system to capture and disseminate data for the 2000 Census.
  • Automated Patent System - enhancing search and retrieval capabilities of patent processing system.

Biggest Challenges:

"Effectively implementing IT capital planning and investment, and measuring IT's contribution to mission performance. Both aspects require that we build effective relationships and share our expertise. We need to make the CIO Council an effective body for meaningful interagency cooperation."

Management Approach:

"We have developed a process for selection, control and evaluation of information technology resources - based on guidance developed by GAO and OMB - and intend to begin implementation this year. Performance measures are embedded."

Hottest Technologies:

"Web technology, both the Internet and intranets, is as hot as they come. Other hot technologies are those such as data warehousing and relational databases, which help us to make greater use of the information available to us. Electronic commerce/electronic data interchange and distributed computing also deserve a mention."

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.