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What does FITARA mean and how is FITARA compliance determined?

FITARAFITARA stands for the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which was passed by Congress in 2014 to empower the CIO’s role in federal agency IT spending and improve how federal agencies spend on and execute federal IT projects.

As part of the law’s overarching goals, FITARA encourages federal agencies to incorporate cloud computing, optimized data center activities, and enhanced cybersecurity safeguards. Agencies & bureaus are also required to submit quarterly progress reports to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) detailing data center inventories and consolidation strategies. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) regularly issues scorecards to grade how federal agencies are meeting their IT strategies.

How does FITARA data center & cloud hosting work?

Abacus Private Cloud’s encrypted cloud hosting environment allows you to upload and download data, store information, and run software from your account using 256-AES encrypted connections, giving you and your team anytime, anywhere secure access to your files. Our security features, platform scalability and full-scale customer support service will help ensure transition to virtual cloud hosting is as secure and streamlined as possible.

How can I audit & maintain compliance with FITARA hosting?

Our hosting team can work in tandem with your IT team to ensure that you address your agency’s cloud hosting, auditing and security needs in a way that ensures FITARA compliance.

What other compliance standards are similar to FITARA?

As of now, FITARA is the sole law that instructs how federal agencies should approach their IT budgets and initiatives. Agency & bureau CIOs should consider FIPS, ITAR and EAR, and other related federal regulations. Our Private Cloud accounts can be scaled up to accommodate these regulations as well.

Are there Abacus clients that are FITARA compliant today?

Abacus Next works with a number of federal bureaus and agencies to fulfill their FITARA compliance needs. Contact our FITARA compliance hosting specialists today to see how Abacus Private Cloud can help with your agency or bureau’s specific IT initiatives and boost your FITARA grades.


Additional Resources

  1. Learn more about FITARA