Aretha Franklin and FITARA?

How would the Queen of Soul spell FITARA?  R-E-S-P-E-C-T.  That’s coz the new IT law is all about Federal CIOs getting some swagger – and harmonizing Federal IT efficiency on the same track.  And, according to new MeriTalk research, FITARA Future, 45 percent of Fed IT execs say IT gets no respect from mission execs.  The study says Fed IT’s a Chain of Fools – where mission owners only call IT execs in early on program planning in one out of five programs.  Little wonder that Fed IT outcomes are Rolling in the Deep.  We’re hosting OMB, GAO, Richard Spires, and a chorus of former Federal CIOs at the FITARA Forum on December 9th at the Newseum.

But let’s get back to the study – Fed IT’s confident A Change is Gonna Come.  Seventy-nine percent of Feds assert FITARA will improve the way IT is viewed at their agency.  Oh Happy Day – 70 percent believe FITARA will improve CIO communications, 52 percent say it’ll make IT more accountable, and 36 percent say FITARA will get IT a seat at the big-kids table.

But Break IT To Me Gently – how do we ensure that FITARA’s not the B side for Clinger Cohen – Here We Go Again?  Rumor has it Oversight and Government Reform’s IT Subcommittee will roll out a new FITARA Scorecard at a hearing in early November.  The focus is on Getting IT Right.  Feds in the FITARA Future study have some suggestions on what the FITARA Scorecard should measure – 73 percent want to track productivity and effectiveness of IT decisions and 60 percent want to measure waste reduction and deduplication of systems.

Again, we’re working with OMB, GAO, the Hill, and former Federal CIOs, on the FITARA Forum on December 9thYou Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman but at the same time the Son of A Preacher Man – guess that’s why FITARA’s confusing.  If you can’t join us on December 9th, I Say A Little Prayer For You.  Should we ask Aretha to join us?

Steve O'Keeffe
About Steve O'Keeffe
Steve O'Keeffe is the founder of MeriTalk, the government IT network. MeriTalk is an online community that hosts professional networking, thought leadership, and focused events to drive the government IT dialogue. A 20-year veteran of the government IT community, O'Keeffe has worked in government and industry. In addition to MeriTalk, he founded Mobile Work Exchange, GovMark Council, and O’Keeffe & Company.