FITARA Fandango?

If you thought Fed CIOs’ dance cards were full with the cyber cha-cha, cloud can-can, and data center duck walk – it’s time to make room for some new moves. Here comes the FITARA Fandango. And, the first FITARA deadline for agencies to submit their self-assessments to OMB is August 15. It’s getting CIOs’ toes tapping inside and outside the Beltway.


That’s why the digital DJs at MeriTalk and OMB are throwing a hot new dance party – the FITARA Forum – at the Newseum on August 11.


So, who’s playing and what’s in the mix for the FITARA Forum? Fed IT jam master, Tony Scott, will open us up with the morning keynote. He’ll underscore why FITARA’s important, review OMB’s implementation plans, and break down target metrics for success.

Next up, it’s OMB’s FITARA dynamic duo – Jamie Berryhill and Ben Sweezy – hosting an interactive FITARA studio. The fellas will dive deeper into the guidance framework. Here’s your chance to learn the moves, pose your questions to OMB’s dance instructors, and take a waltz with your peers.

And, it wouldn’t be a FITARA Fandango, without Fed CIOs – both in the audience and on the stage. The Forum hosts a Fed CIO panel – great opportunity to hear from the folks sporting the dancing shoes.

We’ll round out the half-day dance off with an expert panel. Rich Beutel, principal FITARA author during his tenure at OGR, and Dave Powner, IT lead at GAO. From author to auditor – the gents will provide insight on FITARA audit plans as well as thoughts on upcoming hearings.

FITARA Factoids

And, to help frame the Forum, MeriTalk’s releasing a new study on August 10, FITARA From the Frontlines. It quantifies how Fed IT execs are up to get down on FITARA – awareness, compliance probability, and perspectives.

Deadline, leadership meeting, new research – FITARA’s Fed IT’s new groove. Have you tried the FITARA Fandango? Have you got a ticket for the party?

Steve O'Keeffe
About Steve O'Keeffe
The most connected executive in the government technology community – O'Keeffe is an accomplished entrepreneur and tech-policy expert, with 30 years’ experience as an innovator at the crossroads of government and industry. He founded MeriTalk, O'Keeffe & Company, 300Brand, among other entities. O'Keeffe is a fixture on the Hill, in both the House and Senate, testifying on IT, budget, government workforce, and the requirement to modernize government IT to enhance outcomes for the American people and government employees. He is a champion for change, simplification, transparency, and clear communication of IT value without jargon. A committed philanthropist, O'Keeffe has served for 15 years on the USO-Metro Board of Directors – Vice Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Annual Awards Dinner. He started his career as a journalist – O'Keeffe has contributed to The Economist, Government Executive, Signal Magazine, The Washington Post, and, of course, MeriTalk.