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Darrell Issa Proposing IT Reform Bill Within 3 Weeks

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will introduce new information technology reform legislation within the next three weeks, Information Week reports.

J. Nicholas Hoover writes Issa and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) floated a draft version of the Federal Information Technology Reform Act in September 2012.

FITARA intends to give agency chief information officers more budget power and codify guidance on federal data center consolidation, open source and cloud computing, according to the report.

The bill would also encourage agencies to use strategic sourcing contracts and start a new center for coordinating IT purchases and managing governmentwide IT contracts, Hoover reports.

Dan Gordon, former head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, told Issa’s panel during a Wednesday hearing that he supported the bill’s aims to encourage strategic sourcing and strengthen the federal acquisition workforce, according to Hoover’s report.

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