David Powner

  • How USAID earned an ‘A’ on the FITARA scorecard

    A USAID official said the CIO’s office worked directly with GAO to understand the exact nature and intent behind each metric, and prioritized and accelerated updates to address previous gaps.

  • Lawmakers rail against DoD’s efforts to reform IT management

    Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee say the Pentagon pulled $15 billion worth of spending on technology projects under the national security system umbrella leading to less transparency and a poor FITARA grade.

  • IT reform efforts at 20 agencies stuck in neutral or heading in reverse

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will release the fourth Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) report card June 13 detailing agency progress in implementing the 2015 law.

  • David Powner: Agencies close over 4,000 data centers

    Agencies have been under orders to reduce their data center count ever since the Reagan administration. In recent months, they’ve actually made progress, closing more than 4,000. Dave Powner, director of Information Technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Can Census deliver 2020 on budget?

    As the 2020 census approaches, lawmakers and the Government Accountability Office are concerned about the Census Bureau’s cost estimation practices, lack of transparency and cybersecurity. No one currently has a clear picture of what the 2020 census will cost, although best estimates put it around $12.5 billion.

  • 30 ways to improve federal IT reform efforts

    The Government Accountability Office brought in 13 experts on federal technology last fall to have a frank discussion about what’s working and what’s not with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.

  • Experts say CIO input, oversight from Congress and OMB necessary to improve IT acquisition

    Organization, accountability and a willingness to partner with industry are necessary to improving federal IT acquisition.

  • Data center optimization framed in cybersecurity, customer service terms for Trump administration

    Advocating data center consolidation and optimization as a priority could be a tough sell to the Donald Trump administration, but the federal IT community has courted the White House by framing the issue within the narrative of the president’s soon-to-emerge cybersecurity executive order.

  • Lawmakers concerned Census Bureau IT update schedule is too ambitious

    Because 2020 will be the first time that the Census will rely more upon the internet than paper, the bureau has to test, roll out and connect 52 separate systems, which is a tall order for the agency.Because 2020 will be the first time that the Census will rely more upon the internet than paper, the bureau has to test, roll out and connect 52 separate systems, which is a tall order for the agency.

  • GSA’s 18F struggling to pay back start-up funding

    The Government Accountability Office will tell House lawmakers Friday that 18F is losing money and doesn’t expect to make enough revenue to cover its costs until 2019, according to testimony obtained by Federal News Radio.