Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group, and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss the Federal CIO Authorization Act, and takeaways from the latest FITARA scorecard.
The House recently passed the Federal CIO Authorization Act, but the bill has yet to be taken up by the Senate, and it might not be for some time. Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group says that the odds are stacked against the act being passed during this Congress. “It is not clear to me whether the Senate is going to have the opportunity to act on it. Unlike the 21st century IDEA that just went through the House and Senate, there’s no Senate counterpart to the CIO authority bill. It is unclear to me if the Senate are going to be able to bring it up, hotline it and get it passed in the next ten days.” “If it doesn’t get passed, it has to go back through the process, they have to reintroduce it. Usually in these cases, the committee will just push it out. But you have to a have a floor vote in the House again and find a way to get it done.” In other news, Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, LLC, says that the big takeaway from the latest FITARA scorecard is its staying power in government oversight. “The most important thing is the continuing oversight focus by the oversight and government reform committee. This was the seventh FITARA score card hearing, it is virtually unprecedented. 11 agencies improved, 13 remained the same,” Beutel said. “One thing that wasn’t picked up in a lot of this is basically the title II, the data center optimization piece, GAO says it has saved us 450 billion dollars.”