David Powner, director of IT issues at the Government Accountability Office discusses the reasons for the low FITARA grades, and how the scorecard has improved IT services at agencies.
The latest FITARA grades from the Government Accountability Office showed multiple slips from the previous agency scorecard. The lowest grade belonged to the Department of Defense, an F+. Out of 24 agencies, 11 performed poorly compared to last fall’s report. David Powner, director of IT issues at GAO, told Government Matters that one of the reasons for the subpar scores is changes in the scoring process. “[There was] a big change in the scoring this go around. If you reported to the top you have a plus on your overall score, if you didn’t you had a minus. What the committee decided to do was lower the agency a full letter grade if they did not report appropriately. One week prior in the president’s executive order, it reemphasized the importance of reporting to the top,” said Powner. “These agencies aren’t in compliance with the laws [or] the executive order issued a couple weeks ago, and we think that’s very important in solving this CIO authority issue long term.”