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United States Department of Agriculture

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act

FITARA - What We Do

The Office of Management and Budget released draft guidelines of how Agencies should apply the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), the most significant federal IT reform in the last two decades. 

The draft guidance looks to standardize the policies set forth in the legislation so they are “applied consistently governmentwide in a way that is both workable and effective”.  OMB wrote in the introduction.  The goal of FITARA is to eliminate duplication and waste in information technology acquisition for the federal government.  The goals of the legislation – reduction of duplicative systems, examine software licensing options, making the business case for acquisition, and the consolidation of data centers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking an enterprise approach to implementing FITARA to drive effective business processes and decision-making to support the diverse mission of its 29 agencies and staff offices.  USDA has created a structured and optimistic strategy to leverage FITARA as an enabler--not only for regulatory compliance, but also as a means to improve internal collaboration and service delivery by the Department’s nearly 100,000 employees based in more than 4,500 locations around the world.

The USDA FITARA Concept Overview Diagram is a high-level graphical illustration of the key components, artifacts, events, and activities that are required to implement the provisions of FITARA. The diagram shows explicit linkages for OMB and internal USDA guidance.Download PDF file below to view more detail.

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