FITARA implementation: bad grades not necessarily a bad start

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The first round of grades for agency implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act are out, and they are not very good. But it appears the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and even the committees of jurisdiction in Congress are not worried about the low marks.

How agencies should move forward on FITARA, and what tools they’ll have to succeed, was the topic of the November Monthly Speaker Series event, hosted by the Association for Federal Information Resources Management. The event was titled “Strategic CIO and CAO Partnerships for FITARA Implementation.” The panelists included Jeff Koses of the General Services Administration; Malissa Levesque of the Office of Management and Budget; Richard McKinney of the Department of Transportation; Joanie Newhart of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at OMB; and David Powner of the Government Accountability Office.

Thanks to AFFIRM for inviting me to moderate the panel! You can listen to the discussion below. Please note the recording begins after DoT’s McKinney had already begun his response to my first question: “As a witness at the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on FITARA grades on November 4th, what was/were your takeaway(s) from the hearing?”

Part 1: Panel discussion

11-17-15 AFFIRM FITARA event – panel

Part 2: Audience Q&A

11-17-15 AFFIRM FITARA event – Q&A