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All 24 Agencies Receive ‘A’ Grades in 11th FITARA Scorecard’s Software Licensing Metric; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

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The software licensing metric in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard will now be retired after all 24 agencies received an ‘A’ in the category in its 11th iteration.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Tuesday three agencies saw improvement in their letter grades in the FITARA scorecard and those are the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Labor.

None of the 24 agencies received failing grades. The committee reported that 16 agencies maintained their scores, while five showed a drop in their letter grades.

The House panel added a new metric to the FITARA 11.0 scorecard to assess agencies’ efforts to move from expiring contracts for telecommunications support to the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) vehicle. The scorecard showed that eight agencies got an ‘A’ grade in this category, including HHS and the departments of Agriculture and Justice.

“In the midst of a global pandemic, continued reliance on remote work, and an unprecedented and highly sophisticated cyber-attack by a foreign adversary—the importance of federal agencies’ effective use of IT is too great to ignore,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., chairman of the House Oversight’s government operations subcommittee. “FITARA remains an effective tool at catalyzing IT advancement across the enterprise of the federal government. Let’s ensure we use it to continue to raise the bar."