Jason Gray: Cross-Agency Collaboration Key to FITARA Implementation

Jason Gray, chief information officer at the Education Department, has said the federal information technology community should encourage collaboration across agencies through sharing of strategies and lessons learned to fully implement the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act and expand the law’s impact.

Gray wrote in a CIO.gov article published Tuesday that federal agencies should increase IT cost transparency through the implementation of the Technology Business Management model.

“The TBM framework aims to standardize the way an organization categorizes IT costs, resources, and services by mapping and allocating costs to standardized categories,” he wrote.

He noted that his department uses a two-pronged approach to adopt FITARA and that includes implementation and compliance as well as assessment of the maturity of the compliance.

Gray also cited how FITARA provides CIOs visibility into a program’s performance and authority to decide on IT projects.

“To use FITARA successfully in this way, CIOs have to be willing to speak up for their authority and ensure the appropriate decisions are made,” he added.

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