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Gerry Connolly Urges White House to Sign IT Reform Bill

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Rep. Gerry Connolly, (D-Va.), has urged the White House to carefully consider a bill on information technology reforms that the House of Representatives passed last month, Nextgov reported Thursday.

John Marks writes the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act is meant to assign a leader for each federal department who will handle all administrative, financial and regulatory aspects of the field.

“This is the friendliest, most sympathetic bill you’re going to get out of Congress,” Connolly was quoted to have said in the report.

“If the administration decides to spurn that legislation that’s been passed by the House already, I would just say you’re going to have problems on both sides of the aisle,” Connolly added.

Marks reports full ratification of FITARA now relies on the Senate’s approval and the signature of President Barack Obama.

David Powner, IT management director at the Government Accountability Office, has cited transparency on IT spending and data center initiatives as an issue the legislation hopes to address, according to Nextgov.

The article says Powner expressed disappointment at how the office of Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel coordinated with federal agencies in terms of projects to consolidate their IT facilities.

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