David Powner

  • Opposition to $3.1B IT Modernization Fund begins to thaw

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was warming up to the idea of the fund, but wants assurances that the money will be spent wisely and receive a return on investment.

  • 3 takeaways from the FITARA 2.0 hearing

    Commerce, Energy, Labor and NASA told House lawmakers how they each are meeting the spirit and intent of the IT reform law.

  • David Powner: Best practices for service level agreements

    The Government Accountability Office looked at 21 large cloud contracts across five cabinet level departments, and found only seven met all of the industry best practices for service level agreements. David Powner, GAO’s director for IT management issues, with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how GAO selected those best practices, and why agencies should be following them.

  • Two agencies stumped by how best to reform IT

    The departments of Labor and Energy are still working through their final plans to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.

  • 11,700 and counting … data centers back on the chopping block

    The Office of Management and Budget is prepping another memo to set new agency-specific and government goals to consolidate and optimize data centers.

  • David Powner: A study guide for agencies to improve their FITARA scores

    The FITARA implementation scorecard released last week by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee that shows agencies failing efforts to improve IT acquisition and operations — turned government watchers into upset parent’s — asking their children why they are getting D’s and F’s. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, filled in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on the gaps in learning and a study guide for agencies to improve their FITARA grade point average.

  • Agencies warned to begin improving IT reform efforts

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act scorecard and the governmentwide average is a “D.” Lawmakers and OMB expect agency scores to improve across the four metrics.

  • David Powner: Spending and saving at government agencies

    The Office of Management and Budget is using a “cut and reinvest” process to reach its goal of saving money on information technology. But the reinvest portion is still up in the air. David Powner is the director of Information Technology Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies follow their spending and track their savings.

  • OMB expects ‘believable plans’ from agencies as FITARA deadline nears

    Agencies are under an Aug. 15 deadline to describe how they’ll implement the a key part of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. As part of a forthcoming FITARA dashboard, OMB wants to broadcast those plans as widely as possible.

  • OMB, Congress promise stringent oversight of final policy to reform IT

    In the final policy to implement Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), federal CIO Tony Scott detailed several steps to ensure agencies meet the spirit and intent of the law. Meanwhile, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members promise not to make FITARA Clinger-Cohen Act 2.0 when it comes to implementation.