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FCW : February 2015
18 February 2015 FCW.COM W e can thank the Health- Care.gov debacle of 2013 for a new law that concentrates IT spending, planning and hiring in the hands of department-level CIOs. A few advocates on both sides of the aisle in Congress had been pushing for updates to the decades-old Clinger-Cohen Act, but it took the public failure of a key piece of government technology to generate a widespread interest in the bill. It narrowly failed in 2013 and squeaked through in the closing days of the 2014 session as a section of the defense authorization bill. The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act — known as FITARA, although its lead sponsors prefer the moniker Issa-Connolly — is designed to give top CIOs authority over IT, and it enshrines a few executive branch technology ini- tiatives, such as data center consolida- tion and strategic sourcing, into law. But CIOs aren’t the only group empowered by the legislation. The law also has the potential to change the way Congress performs oversight by giving members new tools to make their work more efficient and effective. From that perspective, the law helps Congress get answers. “Most importantly, FITARA requires single-point accountability,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the law’s top backer. “The CIO under the act has the responsibility to be responsible. We believe that prevents a situation of finger-pointing. CIOs know their responsibility and that they will be held accountable.” That promises to be an improve- ment over the chaos that seemed to reign in the wake of HealthCare.gov’s launch. Issa’s committee obtained and released email messages showing that the top tech officials at the Department of Health and Human Services had no visibility into the single biggest appli- cation-development project on their watch. “In the case of HealthCare.gov, you had four people who were theoretically in charge, all of whom said they lacked FITARA gives Congress new tools for getting answers, and key legislators remain focused. But will it actually work? More effective oversight. Maybe. BY ADAM MAZMANIAN APIMAGES 0215fcw_018-021.indd 18 1/27/15 9:30 AM
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