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U.S. FITARA Compliance Requires a New Approach to Software Asset Management

Published: 14 December 2015

ID: G00293118

Analyst(s): Katell Thielemann, Stewart Buchanan, Victoria Barber

Summary

CAOs in U.S. government agencies are required by agency heads to implement changes mandated by the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. Structuring SAM as governance, rather than just an operational activity, can satisfy FITARA's requirements.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • FITARA requires federal agencies to know what assets they have; CAOs must play a key role, and work with CIOs and CFOs to develop and implement SAM policies that ensure a consistent and systematic approach to management of software assets and associated data
  • CAOs who start life cycle records as soon as assets enter the organization help to ensure that all compliance requirements are met (including security controls, section 508 compliance and refresh cycles, as well as compliance to license terms)
  • FITARA was developed to reduce wasted spending and optimize delivery and impact of IT systems; while CAOs must play a key strategic role to support cost controls, aligning software contracts and purchases to consumption also requires mature SAM processes and trustworthy data

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