Federal CIO authority still falling short

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), hailed by supporters as the biggest government IT overhaul in nearly two decades, promised to raise the profile of agency and department CIOs, consolidating their authority and giving them ready access to the organization’s leadership.

But more than two years after Congress passed FITARA, many CIOs at the agencies covered by the bill report that little has changed, and that they continue to operate without the authorities the legislation envisioned, according to a government watchdog.

Those ongoing limitations on CIO authority, combined with an array of other factors, slow progress on modernizing the acquisition process for federal technology systems, David Powner, director of IT management issues at the Government Accountability Office, told lawmakers at a joint House oversight subcommittee hearing this week.

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