Dave Powner To Leave GAO–FITARA in the Spotlight

Dave Powner at MeriTalk's Data Center Brainstorm on March 23, 2017, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

After 16 years at the Government Accountability Office, Dave Powner, the high priest of government IT accountability is stepping away from the alter.

A fixture in every Hill IT hearing in both the House and Senate, Powner, director of IT issues at GAO, has done more than any other government executive to shape the course of Federal IT accountability and efficiency initiatives.  His tenure has bridged multiple administrations and Federal CIOs–and it’s that continuity that distinguishes his efforts.  Powner has served as the true north compass point for Congressmen and Senators on IT management–he knows where all the bodies are buried and holds critical trust relationships.  Known for speaking his mind and holding CIOs to task, Powner has been a tireless advocate for tangible progress.

His highest profile achievements revolve around the FITARA scorecard and the IT high-risk list.  Powner remains a firm believer in the FITARA scorecard as the pivotal mechanism for holding agencies to account for IT transparency, transformation, and efficiency.

As he steps into the private sector, Powner leaves big shoes to fill at GAO.  As the Hill recognizes agencies for their achievements in FITARA, and Suzette Kent, the Federal CIO, hosts a forum to discuss the direction for FITARA moving forward on August 2nd, it’s an interesting time for a change of leadership in IT at GAO.  Mr. Powner, thank you for your service and the tough love and nurturing you’ve provided to the Federal IT community and our nation.  Happy trails, don’t be a stranger.

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.