Cheriyan: More Centers of Excellence coming

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The General Services Administration recently announced the Department of Labor as the newest partner in its Centers of Excellence (CoE) program, but Technology Transformation Service Director Anil Cheriyan said on Feb. 21 that more are on the way.

"There are a few more in the pipeline," Cheriyan told FCW after a presentation on the agency's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program at the National Press Club. GSA has been working to first build communities of practices around technologies such as robotic automation processing, he said, and can then spin up new CoEs to further agencies' adoption of those technologies. The Labor Department CoE is focused on RPA.

In the year since he came to GSA from the private sector, Cheriyan has looked to broaden and deepen the CoE program. He has previously said identity management and RPA were logical additions to the CoE effort, but in the Feb. 21 conversation he declined to predict what the next area of emphasis would be.

Launched in 2017, the CoE program has focused on customer experience, contact center transformation, data center modernization, cloud adoption, data analytics, artificial intelligence and now RPA.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also introduced legislation to cement the CoE program into law.

Cheriyan said GSA and Labor Department officials were producing a playbook for RPA. The playbook, he said, is still in the approval process, but should help agencies understand how RPA can be implemented.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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