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House Approves FITARA Data Center Initiative Extension

U.S. House members voted 418-0 Wednesday to pass a bill that would extend Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act provisions related to the government’s data center modernization and consolidation initiatives, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

The FITARA Enhancement Act would extend the deadline for federal agencies to consolidate data repositories by two years through 2020.

The Government Accountability Office urged Congress to approve the extension in an effort to give federal agencies enough time to meet the Office of Management and Budget‘s cost-savings and performance objectives.

The bill would also remove PortfolioStat review and information technology dashboard requirements under FITARA, the report noted.

Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) sponsored the FITARA Enhancement Act.

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