On February 25, 2014, Congress passed the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. The overridingobjective was to reduce waste in the estimated $80 billion spent each year on information technology. It has been argued that this is the biggest change since 1996. There are many key provisions of the act that were discussed on the program.
One aspect was the reduction in the number of CIOs in the federal government. It is estimated the 250+ CIOs currently employed have not authority to change the way IT is acquired. FITARA wants the federal IT sector to employ successful strategies that have been used by the private sector.