Information Technology Policy and Planning

Develops a framework for acquiring and managing information technology systems based on the organization?s business requirements.

Key Behaviors:

  • Aligns IT investments with the organization?s mission (e.g., capital planning and investment control, Enterprise Performance Life Cycle).
  • Uses established analysis, business cases and decision-making processes to evaluate capital investments in IT and IT-alternative investments.
  • Considers the organization?s strategic and performance plans, to identify specific requirements and capital planning processes to drive the acquisition strategy (e.g., Enterprise performance life cycle).
  • Evaluates current and emerging best practices in IT relative to the enterprise?s strategic plan.
  • Acquires feedback from business owners, community and end users.
  • Establishes and utilizes methodologies to compare and contrast cost, benefits and risks.
  • Analyzes cost and economic data to assess quality and communicate meaning to others.
  • Evaluates needs and a variety of potential IT-based solutions.
  • Identifies and designs shared solutions between organizations to leverage technology investments.
  • Assesses and manages all IT investments. (Follows logical steps to move from assessment of individual IT capital investments, to an integrated process for managing IT investments, as portfolios).
  • Follows the organization?s IT acquisition approach to compare, contrast and evaluate acquisitions.
  • Develops metrics, critical success factors and key indicators to monitor and assess results.
  • Develops security plans to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the organization's information, information systems, and networks in accordance with policies, procedures and control techniques, and agency and federal regulations.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.