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The objective of the Federal IT Acqui- sition Reform Act is to improve the management of IT within an agency and, hence, improve the ability of that agency to achieve its mission and con- duct its business. Those improvements, however, can happen only if FITARA is effectively implemented. So the American Coun- cil for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget, launched a FITARA Implementation Project, which has more than 50 volunteers from the public and private sectors. Those experts in IT, finance, human resources and acquisition are backed by a steering committee composed of current and former public- and private- sector CIOs, chief acquisition officers, chief financial officers and chief human capital officers. That team is working to help agencies clear the hurdles of FITARA implementation. ACT-IAC’s three-phase project aims to provide: • An IT Management Maturity Model to help agencies not only conduct self- assessments but also establish a road- map to achieve demonstrated maturity in IT management. • Policies, processes, tools and other artifacts that represent proven IT man- agement practices garnered from the public and private sectors. We hope such artifacts from proven manage- ment practices can help agencies more rapidly mature their IT management capabilities. • Development of metrics to help OMB and the agencies measure the impact of FITARA over time. The IT Management Maturity Model We have recently completed Version 1 of the IT Management Maturity Model. Our desire is to continue to evolve and improve the model through use and feedback. So in addition to reviewing the model, you can provide feedback on how we can improve it. The model can help agencies assess their maturity in five critical functions of IT management: • Governance. The collaboration and decision-making glue by which IT man- agement works. • Budget. The process to formulate, obtain approval and execute the use of funds to support IT. • Acquisition. The buying processes used to obtain IT products and services. • Organization and workforce. The process to determine needed compe- tencies and develop and sustain a workforce that has those competen- cies through recruitment and profes- sional development. • Program management. The set of disciplines used to deliver IT capa- bilities to meet an agency mission or business need, or the operations and maintenance of an existing system. OMB’s guidance for FITARA includes a Common Baseline for IT Management that has sections for budget formulation, budget execu- tion, acquisition, and organization and workforce. We have reorganized and reoriented those sections slightly to support the development of the IT Management Maturity Model. We start- ed by combining budget formulation and execution to highlight the degree of integration typical in most agency budget processes. As the teams developed the traits and characteristics of the IT Manage- ment Maturity Model, governance and BY DARREN ASH AND RICHARD A. SPIRES ACT-IAC has unveiled its first resource to help agency IT leaders implement FITARA and reap the benefits of the ambitious law Making FITARA matter: Tools for implementation Darren Ash, CIO of a federal agen- cy, is writing here in his capacity as co-chair of the ACT-IAC FITARA Implementation Project. Fellow co- chair Richard A. Spires has been in the IT field for more than 30 years, with eight years in federal government service. Most recently, he served as CIO at the Department of Homeland Security. He is now CEO of Learning Tree. CIOPerspective 28 October 2015 FCW.COM 1015fcw_028-029.indd 28 10/13/15 9:46 AM
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