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Dave Powner: FITARA Scorecard Helps Elevate CIO Role

Dave Powner, a 16-year Government Accountability Office veteran, told FedTech in an interview published Tuesday that the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard has provided agency chief information officers authority to oversee IT modernization and security efforts. “We have plenty of acquisitions that have failed, we have plenty of operations that need to improve, and I think elevating that position and making it a real CIO position at more and more agencies is extremely important,” said Powner, former director of IT management issues at GAO.

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GSA IT Schedule 70 to Get Update for New Wireless Mobility Products, Services

The General Services Administration plans to update and enhance the Wireless Mobility Solutions special item number 132-53 in its GSA IT Schedule 70 Program to add eight new categories, including Internet-of-Things, enterprise mobility management, application development, threat protection and identity management.

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GAO Notes Decline in Procurement Competition Rate at the DoD

The Government Accountability Office noted in an audit report published Wednesday that from 2013 to 2017, the rate at which the Defense Department conducted competitions when procuring products or services went down by more than 4 percent, despite government-wide efforts to encourage the practice. The GAO attributed the regression to a number of factors including the complexity of the DoD’s contracting procedures.

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Carol Harris, Nick Marinos to Assume FITARA, Census Responsibilities at GAO

Dave Powner, the departing director of information technology issues at the Government Accountability Office, will hand over his Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act-related responsibilities to Carol Harris, director for IT acquisition management issues at GAO, Meritalk reported Tuesday. Nick Marinos, GAO’s director of cybersecurity and information management, will assume Powner’s responsibilities …

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GAO’s Dave Powner: Federal Govt Should Strengthen CIO Authorities

Dave Powner, the departing information technology director at the Government Accountability Office, told Nextgov in an interview published Friday that he thinks the government should continue to establish “strong governance” over IT acquisitions and strengthen the authorities of agency chief information officers. “I think the big thing that you need to …

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House Panel: 11 Federal Agencies Regressed in FITARA Implementation

A scorecard used by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to evaluate the compliance of federal agencies with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act shows that 11 agencies regressed in their FITARA implementation, Fedscoop reported Monday. The departments of Health and Human Services and Energy were among the four agencies …

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GAO: Agencies Should Ensure CIO Involvement in IT Procurement Review, Approval Processes

The Government Accountability Office has called on federal agencies to allow chief information officers to assess and approve information technology contracts in an effort to increase CIOs’ oversight of agencies’ planned IT acquisitions. GAO said in a report published Wednesday 14 of the 22 assessed agencies failed to involve CIOs in the …

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