The bipartisan leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have tasked the GAO with reviewing agency compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA.
Their letter noted that GAO in 2015 added improving the management of IT acquisition and operations to its high-risk list, finding the government has spent billions on “failed and poorly performing IT investments.” GAO has said that prompt implementation of FITARA is critical to IT acquisition reform.
Under that law, agency CIOs were given greater powers over budgeting, execution, management and other processes related to IT management and acquisition. OMB a year ago established a common baseline for IT management that includes detailed guidance on those responsibilities.
The committee has held several hearings on FITARA and has released two scorecards on compliance. It asked GAO to report on the key challenges CIOs face in implementing the law; whether budgeting practices are consistent with the law and the OMB guidance; how the IT contract processes work; and efforts to consolidate data centers.