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Rick Holgate: FITARA Would Prompt IT Governance Adjustment at Component Agencies

Rick Holgate
Rick Holgate

A measure in the recently-passed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act would trigger changes in the oversight of information technology spending at federal agencies and their components, Federal Times reported Thursday.

Aaron Boyd writes the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is meant to give chief information officers more authority over their agencies’ IT procurement and recruitment activities.

Rick Holgate, CIO at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said his office is planning how it should adjust governance structure if the bill becomes law, according to the report.

“How do we introduce that in a way that is workable and useful on a daily basis so that it doesn’t create roadblocks that would essentially hamstring our ability to move quickly at the component level,” Holgate added, according to Boyd’s article.

FITARA would also require agencies to disclose IT project costs, performance metrics and risk assessments through public-facing dashboards.

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