Why IT Governance is Good for Government

 

On any given day, the federal government and its contractors are developing vast amounts of software and systems that will be deployed around the world. There are a host of regulatory guidelines that govern the manner in which these systems are to be acquired, designed, developed and deployed. The regulations fall into a category called Information Technology (IT) Governance and include such familiar names as the Clinger-Cohen Act (CCA), Title 10 of the United States Code Section 2223, DoD 5000 and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).Many of these regulations were designed to eliminate the problems that have historically plagued IT projects such as poorly defined requirements, missed deadlines, poor quality of deliverables, failure to deliver promised benefits and cost overruns. They include policies designed to provide stakeholders with the visibility and control necessary to make informed technology decisions.