Steven VanRoekel, House Panel Discuss Federal IT Reform Bill

Steven VanRoekel
Steven VanRoekel

U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told House lawmakers Thursday a new information technology reform bill the chamber is discussing could help address some issues, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes VanRoekel’s remarks followed the House’s vote to add the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act to the fiscal year 2014 defense spending bill.

“FITARA itself as passed by the House has one large issue that we saw Rep. (Gerry) Connolly identify, which is the lack of coverage for the Defense Department,” VanRoekel said, according to the report.

Miller reports FITARA is yet to be fully discussed in the Senate as the chamber has not approved its version of the defense authorization bill.

Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, co-authored FITARA and has called for further support of the legislation.

Miller writes Davis Powner, IT management director at the Government Accountability Office, and Dave McClure, associate administrator of the General Services Administration’s office of citizen services and innovative technologies, have voiced their support for the bill.

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