OMB: FITARA Guidance Coming This Week

Attention, agency chief information officers: Guidance for implementing the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act is coming by the end of this week, the Office of Management and Budget announced Monday.

The announcement came in a Federal Register notice, which asked for public comment on the forthcoming guidance. (The draft guidance will be posted on

Congress approved the sweeping federal IT reform legislation last December as part of an annual Defense policy bill. Since being named the federal CIO in February, Tony Scott, a former industry executive, said recently his time has been “consumed” with mapping out the guidelines.

The thrust of the new legislation gives agency CIOs greater power over their agency’s IT purse strings, mandating CIOs have final sign-off on their annual IT budgets and sole final authority to sign IT contract and reprogram IT funds.

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