Oversight Committee Announces FITARA Scorecard

Published: Nov 4, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a scorecard assigning letter grades to federal agencies on their implementation of the bipartisan Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), enacted in December 2014.

Full Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), IT Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Ranking Member Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who co-authored FITARA, released the following statement on the scorecard:

“For decades the federal government has operated with poorly managed and outdated IT infrastructure. The Federal Government continues to spend billions of dollars on failed and poorly performing IT investments while ineffective management and oversight of IT portfolios has resulted in duplication and waste.  Federal agencies must act now. FITARA empowers agency CIO’s with specific authorities that enhance their role and responsibility for the management of IT. FITARA provides a set of tools and guidelines, that when implemented properly, allows agencies to better manage and secure IT systems and acquisitions. Legislation is only as good as its implementation. Congress will continue to oversee this process until quality IT management structures and processes are in place and wasteful spending is put to an end.”

How it works:
To oversee and measure the implementation of FITARA, letter grades were assigned to each agency based on self-reported data. The Committee is grading agency implementation of four key areas of FITARA:

• Data Center Consolidation
• IT Portfolio Review Savings
• Incremental Development
• Risk Assessment Transparency

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A comprehensive list of the letter grades can be viewed here.

For more information on the scorecard process, click here.

The IT Subcommittee will hold a hearing on FITARA today at 2pm. Tune in here.