Senate Introduces Bill to Eliminate Duplication and Waste in Federal IT Acquisition and Management

February 19, 2014

Senate Introduces Bill to Eliminate Duplication and Waste in Federal IT Acquisition and Management

On December 17, 2013, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), along with co-sponsors Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), introduced the “Federal Information Technology Savings, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2013” (S. 1843). This is a companion bill to H.R. 1232 (3/18/2013) and H.R. 1960 (5/14/2013). If passed, the bill would increase the authority of civilian chief information officers over IT acquisitions by involving them in the budget planning process. The bill would confer authority to the chief information officers over IT programs with significant IT components, as well as those programs involving commercial IT acquisitions. Additionally, the bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to increase the transparency of its website, “IT Dashboard,” which tracks federal IT spending. The bill was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 






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