Federal IT COST Commission


What is the Federal IT COST Commission?

The Federal IT COST Commission is the first-ever joint public/private sector initiative focused on maximizing the value of the government’s technology investments through transparency into spending. This CIO advisory council is composed of the world’s largest enterprise organizations and Federal CIOs, led by the TBM Council. This initiative aimed at leveraging private sector best practices in technology cost management and applying them to the Federal setting to ensure taxpayer money is being used as efficiently as possible.

As part of this effort, the Commission will define a set of best practices and standards for Federal CIOs to measure and communicate the cost of infrastructure, applications, projects and IT services.


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“On the heels of the recently distributed draft recommendations for FITARA implementation, OMB is eager to support the work being done by the TBM Council,” said Richard McKinney, CIO, Department of Transportation. “We believe that the Federal IT COST Commission can give the taxpayers a better return on their investment while simultaneously providing Congress and the Administration with better insight into the value provided by technology. It’s a win-win.”



Aid in the implementation of the new Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) which gives Federal CIOs centralized control over the government’s IT spending


Reduce waste and increase efficiency of public sector IT spend


Empower Federal CIOs to demonstrate the cost, quality, and value of their IT spend

“The TBM Council was founded to provide IT leaders with the standards, education, and collaboration they needed to run IT more like a business. It is this mission that continues to drive us today and motivated our decision to establish the Federal IT COST Commission. The board of directors and I are united in the belief that it’s our duty to support our counterparts in the Federal government,” said Todd Tucker, General Manager of the TBM Council. “We’re privileged to do this work and excited to get started.”


Federal CIOs:
Richard McKinney
CIO, Department of Transportation
Sylvia Burns
CIO, Department of Interior
Steve Cooper
CIO, Department of Commerce
Joyce Hunter
Acting CIO, Department of Agriculture
TBM Council Board of Directors:
Larry Godec
CIO, First American
Rebecca Jacoby
CIO, Cisco
Tom Murphy
CIO, University of Pennsylvania
Ralph Loura
Former CIO, Enterprise Group, HP
Phuong Tram
CIO, DuPont
Mike Benson
Don Duet
Co-Head of Technology, Goldman Sachs
George Westerman
Research Scientist, MIT
Private Sector Partners:
Sunny Gupta
CEO, Apptio
Doug Lane
CEO, Capgemini Government Solutions
Todd Lavieri
President, Americas, Information Services Group
Ralph Kahn
President, Tanium Federal Corporation
“We realize that commercial and Federal CIOs approach technology cost accounting and management very differently,” said Doug Lane. “However, 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 CIO manage and communicate the value of their technology investments.”


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