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MeriTalk Study: Federal IT Managers Express Optimism on FITARA Implementation

DataCenterA new MeriTalk study says nearly 80 percent of federal information technology managers believe the value of IT within their agencies is likely to improve with the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

The report titled “A FITARA Future – What’s Next?” is based on an online poll of 62 federal IT professionals in August, MeriTalk said Tuesday.

The study also found that 70 percent of respondents say the new law will help improve communication between federal chief information officers and mission owners, while more than 50 percent think FITARA will drive IT accountability among government agencies.

“FITARA is not about compliance – it’s about transparency, CIO empowerment, and the opportunity to improve federal IT outcomes,” said Steve O’Keeffe, founder of MeriTalk.

The federal IT managers also recommended that the Government Accountability Office must measure the effectiveness and productivity of IT decisions, amount of duplicative IT platforms, and visibility and communication within federal IT departments to determine if FITARA meets its objectives.

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