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Economies of Scale and Agility in Government: Guidance for the U.S. Federal Government (FITARA) and Elsewhere

Published: 23 July 2015

ID: G00275311

Analyst(s): Cathleen Blanton , Jerry Mechling, Katell Thielemann


In seeking benefits primarily through IT-related economies of scale and agility, FITARA focuses on giving central CIOs more power over IT budgeting, projects, staffing and acquisition/development. This note will guide CIOs implementing FITARA and others dealing with similar issues and initiatives.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Compare Current Governance to FITARA Mandates in Order to Reallocate Authority for Economies of Scale and Agile Development
  • Work With Top Leaders to Establish a Framework for Balancing Risks and Rewards
  • Work With Top Leaders to Establish a Framework for Balancing Enterprisewide Versus Local Needs
  • Leverage Pace-Layering Concepts and Organizational Priorities to Balance "Fully Planned in Advance" With "Iterative" Development
  • As You Document the "Common Baseline," Address the Behavioral or "Soft" Changes Needed for FITARA Implementation

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