The latest scorecard by a congressional subcommittee on implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act shows no agencies with overall grades of D or F for the first time since those twice-yearly scorecards began in 2015.
Overall, grades were mostly in the C- to B+ range, with only GSA in the A range, with an A+, in the assessment by the House government operations subcommittee. Seven of the 24 departments and major independent agencies that were rated improved their overall grade from the prior scorecard while four decreased and the rest were unchanged.
By category, agencies did best on the software licensing metric, with 23 out of the 24 agencies rated getting an A—the exception being OPM with an F. In contrast, five—DoD, DHS, Labor, Transportation and NASA—received an F on agency CIO authority enhancements. That includes issues such whether the agency has defined a clear role for the CIO position and its level in the agency’s hierarchy.
The panel said one of the categories, PortfolioStat—which enables agencies to reduce commodity IT spending and demonstrate how their IT investments align with the agency’s mission and business functions—has yielded $20 billion in savings while consolidation of data centers has yielded a total of $4.7 billion since that initiative began in 2012, two years before FITARA was enacted.