FCW explains how the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Act gives chief information officers the leverage they need to get away from the “waterfall” approach to IT development — bringing the government in line with the private sector.

From the article:

“FITARA requires that the CIO of each federal department “certify that information technology investments are adequately implementing incremental development.” More importantly, it provides the CIO with a lever for enforcement, requiring that the CIO approve every contract, and every budget request, for IT products or services by the department. Using these two levers, CIOs can effectively eliminate the primary cause of large-scale systems development failures.”

Read the full article: How CIOs can use FITARA to get away from waterfall | FCW