Mark Forman, former Federal CIO, and Simon Szykman, former CIO at the Commerce Department, discuss the latest FITARA scorecard, and what the future holds for federal IT oversight.
The latest version of the FITARA scorecard was released last week, and there’s good news. For the first time, no agencies are failing, and several agencies showed improvement. Simon Szykman, former CIO at the Commerce Department and CTO of federal services at Attain, says that the while the scores were good, the trend might not continue. “There’s a cyclical aspect to the ups and downs, that’s mainly because they’re expanding the scorecard every year. The very first scorecard did not have a question about who the CIO reports to in 2016, in 2017 they added software licensing, this year they added the MGT act…” Szykman said. “You can expect, although this was a very positive scorecard, probably a dip next time around.” Mark Forman, former Federal CIO and global head of public sector at Unisys, says that now that the oversight is established, there are some aspects of government IT that he would like to see put under the microscope. “GAO said that there are about 78,000 acquisition transactions that these CIOs were involved in, and it only accounted for $14 billion out of over $90 billion, Forman said. “We need a different approach here. You can’t as a CIO oversee that many transactions. It’s not doable. I’d like to see more focus on a viable acquisition model.”