FITARA Fandango?

If you thought Fed CIOs’ dance cards were full with the cyber cha-cha, cloud can-can, and data center duck walk – it’s time to make room for some new moves. Here comes the FITARA Fandango. And, the first FITARA deadline for agencies to submit their self-assessments to OMB is August 15. It’s getting CIOs’ toes tapping inside and outside the Beltway.


That’s why the digital DJs at MeriTalk and OMB are throwing a hot new dance party – the FITARA Forum – at the Newseum on August 11.


So, who’s playing and what’s in the mix for the FITARA Forum? Fed IT jam master, Tony Scott, will open us up with the morning keynote. He’ll underscore why FITARA’s important, review OMB’s implementation plans, and break down target metrics for success.

Next up, it’s OMB’s FITARA dynamic duo – Jamie Berryhill and Ben Sweezy – hosting an interactive FITARA studio. The fellas will dive deeper into the guidance framework. Here’s your chance to learn the moves, pose your questions to OMB’s dance instructors, and take a waltz with your peers.

And, it wouldn’t be a FITARA Fandango, without Fed CIOs – both in the audience and on the stage. The Forum hosts a Fed CIO panel – great opportunity to hear from the folks sporting the dancing shoes.

We’ll round out the half-day dance off with an expert panel. Rich Beutel, principal FITARA author during his tenure at OGR, and Dave Powner, IT lead at GAO. From author to auditor – the gents will provide insight on FITARA audit plans as well as thoughts on upcoming hearings.

FITARA Factoids

And, to help frame the Forum, MeriTalk’s releasing a new study on August 10, FITARA From the Frontlines. It quantifies how Fed IT execs are up to get down on FITARA – awareness, compliance probability, and perspectives.

Deadline, leadership meeting, new research – FITARA’s Fed IT’s new groove. Have you tried the FITARA Fandango? Have you got a ticket for the party?

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.