FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 today an open call for comments for its “IT Management Maturity Model.” The release completes Phase I of the three-phase ACT-IAC Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Implementation Project. The Model can be downloaded and commented on at https://actiac.org/groups/project-fitara.
“This is not merely an exercise in FITARA compliance. Our goal is to improve how we manage IT and deliver on our mission,” said Darren Ash, the government project lead on ACT-IAC’s FITARA Implementation Project. “Through ACT-IAC’s collaborative efforts, we brought together some of the leading minds in government IT, from both the public and private sectors.”
Developed in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the “IT Management Maturity Model” explicitly links to OMB’s Common Baseline requirements and aims to improve agencies’ ability to manage IT and, therefore, improve how they accomplish their missions and serve the public. It identifies five critical functions of IT management: Governance, Acquisition, Budget, Program Management, and Organization and Workforce. Additionally, it offers three levels of accomplishment for each function. As a result, managers can assess their current situation and identify what needs to be done to accomplish a well-managed IT department.
“Engagement across agency leadership is essential to success. The ACT-IAC working group includes more than 50 people from various backgrounds from public and private sectors, across the C-suite, as well as IT, finance, human resources and acquisition professionals,” said Richard Spires, the industry project lead on ACT-IAC’s FITARA Implementation Project and CEO of Resilient Network Systems. “Now, we’re asking other stakeholders from government and industry to comment on Version 1 of the ‘IT Management Maturity Model’.”
The overall initiative gathers best-practices and proven solutions so that managers do not have to solve problems from scratch. Phases II and III will expand the maturity model by providing proven tools and techniques for quick implementation, as well as evaluation criteria to help OMB and other agencies measure the impact of FITARA over time.
About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action
ACT-IAC is the premier public-private partnership in the government IT community and an example of how government and industry work together. ACT-IAC is a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government through collaboration and education. The organization provides an objective, vendor and technology-neutral and ethical forum where government and industry are working together to develop innovative strategies, effective and efficient solutions and best practices. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver).