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Richard Spires: ACT-IAC to Provide Tools for FITARA Implementation

Richard Spires
Richard Spires

Richard Spires, former chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security and Internal Revenue Service, testified before a House panel Wednesday on guidance for the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems, said in written remarks that his experience with federal IT acquisition points to what he views as needed measures to address high-risk factors.

He told the IT and government operations subcommittees of the House Oversight Committee that ea partnership with industry through the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council could help bolster FITARA implementation.

According to Spires, an ACT-IAC working group is developing tools such as draft templates for agency self-assessment, implementation models based on best practices, metrics for measuring FITARA impact and mechanisms for feedback and implementation reviews.

He noted that ACT-IAC plans to share these tools with the Office of Management and Budget to help achieve FITARA’s “common baseline” requirements.

“It is ACT-IAC’s objective to help the government through the process of implementing FITARA by providing a set of tools that aid an agency leadership and the CIO in establishing proven and practical budget, governance, and delegation models to effectively manage the agency’s IT,” Spires said.

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