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President Obama signed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, on Dec. 16, as a component of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. The new law enhances the role of agency chief information officers in the budgeting, planning and spending processes for IT acquisition; enhances transparency and oversight of agency IT investments; requires federal departments to take an enterprise-wide view of IT programs and investments; and continues programs designed to efficiently manage federal data centers.
However, enactment of the legislation is just the beginning of a comprehensive process for implementing improvements to federal IT procurement.
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