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Cyrrus Analytics’ Rich Beutel: Agency CIOs Should Focus on FITARA Implementation Plans

DataCenterRich Beutel, a principal at Cyrrus Analytics, has said federal agency chief information officers should lay out their implementation plans in order to fully comply with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act in 2016, FCW reported Dec. 23.

FITARA aims to advance the consolidation of federal data centers and adoption of the Strategic Sourcing Initiative, promote IT training and help agency CIOs manage IT investments and execute their plans for their IT departments, Mark Rockwell writes.

Beutel, a former House aide who helped develop the law, told FCW that many agency CIOs have started to launch efforts to manage their IT operations after most agencies received failing grades in a FITARA implementation scorecard that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released in November.

One of the efforts Beutel cited is the release of a memorandum by Transportation Department CIO Richard McKinney this month, Rockwell reports.

The memo seeks to impose a freeze on IT spending for at least three months until component agencies across the department come up with complete plans on how to spend their IT budgets, according to FCW.

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