The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council, ACT-IAC, the premier public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology, announced June 23 the release of Phase III, Measures of Impact, of the ACT-IAC Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Implementation Project. The entire IT Management Maturity Model, Proven Practices to support FITARA Implementation, and Measures of Impact can be downloaded here.

At the request of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the ACT-IAC FITARA project team developed the ‘Measures of Impact’ as a means to assess the impact of FITARA over time.

Phase III provides federal agencies with metrics to better gauge their agency’s IT management practices for a successful, comprehensive model of IT maturity that goes beyond FITARA requirements.  This broader IT management maturity is intended to supplement guidance from OMB.

The ‘Measures of Impact’ are structured into three categories, Measures of IT management maturity, Measures of IT service delivery and Measures of improving agency effectiveness and efficiency.  There are fourteen (14) measures in these three categories that are scored from Level 0 (ad hoc governance structure), Level 1 (basic maturity), Level 2 (evolving maturity) and Level 3 (demonstrated maturity).ACT-IAC originally developed the FITARA IT Maturity Model in conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget that tracked directly with the common baseline established in OMB’s guidance.  The project was completed by a dedicated, working group of more than 50 people from various backgrounds, including the public and private sector.

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While the primary audiences for this document are OMB and the 24 agencies that share responsibility to implement FITARA, ACT-IAC believes there a number of other key stakeholders who will be interested in this work.

In particular, oversight organizations like Congress and the Government Accountability Office are key players ensuring the effective implementation of the Act.  Likewise, there are a number of government-wide domain forums like the management councils for CIOs, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Acquisition Officers (CAOs) that will be helping their respective communities of practice to develop and share best practices and lessons learned supporting implementation of FITARA.