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MeriTalk Survey: Majority of Federal IT Managers Optimistic on Acquisition Reform

DataCenterEighty-four percent of the 133 federal information technology managers who responded to a MeriTalk survey believe that Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act can help address IT efficiency issues at their agencies.

MeriTalk said Monday feds estimate the new law will save the U.S. government as much as $12 billion by reducing duplicative and unnecessary government IT programs.

FITARA gives federal chief information officers power to approve contracts and 84 percent of survey respondents consider the new authority as essential in agency IT departments’ efforts to increase transparency and cut redundancy.

Sixty percent said they are satisfied with FITARA implementation guidelines from the Office of Management and Budget.

About 18 percent of managers surveyed predict their organizations will meet an Aug. 15 deadline for self-assessment report submissions to OMB and only 19 percent forecast they can adopt a new common baseline of CIO responsibilities by the end of the year.

MeriTalk will host a FITARA forum at the Newseum in Washington on Aug. 11.

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