House Passes IT Acquisition Reform Bill

March 5, 2014

House Passes IT Acquisition Reform Bill

On February 25, 2014, the House of Representatives passed the “Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act” (H.R. 1232), which was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and co-sponsor Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) on March 18, 2013. If enacted, the bill would require the president to appoint or designate a chief information officer (CIO) for each of 16 specified federal agencies. Such agencies would be permitted to have only one CIO, as well as one deputy CIO, associate CIO, or assistant CIO. The bill would significantly expand the authority of agency CIOs by authorizing CIOs to participate in the budget planning process for IT programs and hire IT personnel. Additionally, the bill would expand the role of the CIO Council and require the federal CIO to develop a “Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative” to consolidate existing data centers and better track costs and savings. The bill would also provide more robust training for IT acquisition personnel and promote greater transparency by requiring the government to make a greater percentage of government IT investment data publically available. The bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. 






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