Management

USDA tackles FITARA

USDA logo

The Agriculture Department is among the first agencies to release a Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act implementation plan.

USDA's plan, made public in late November, as agencies gear up to meet the Office of Management and Budget's Dec. 31 deadline, puts the emphasis on making the agency CIO the "single point of accountability" for IT work across the entire agency, but it also makes heavy note of delegation opportunities, a must for an agency with a workforce more than 80,000 strong.

The plan also addresses how the roles of other C-suite executives' roles need to change to meet FITARA's goals of better coordinated and streamlined IT acquisition. Under the new plan, the USDA CIO approves the hiring of bureau CIOs. Additionally, USDA established a new senior level post to manage FITARA implementation across the agency.

While USDA was one of many agencies to receive a "D" on the recent FITARA Implementation Scorecard from Congress, USDA officials have previously said that their FITARA implementation plan was receiving rave reviews from OMB.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a former FCW staff writer.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.