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House OKs Homeland Security Acquisition Reform Bill

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe House has approved a bill that would revamp the Department of Homeland Security’s acquisition process and require project cost reviews, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Andy Medici writes that Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act.

The bill passed a voice vote in the House on Monday, according to the report.

Federal Times reports the bill, if passed by the Senate, would give the DHS chief acquisition officer authority to decide on procurement programs and establish a review board to both confirm acquisition documents and examine costs and schedule.

Duncan, chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the legislation aims to enhance accountability and transparency for DHS purchases, the report says.

Medici writes the bill would also require the program manager to inform agency leaders about cost overruns of more than 20 percent and 12-month project delays.

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