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Lawmakers Seek to Increase Federal CTO’s Role in IT Decisions

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CongressReps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (R-Va.) plan to introduce legislation that would give the fgovernment’s chief technology officer a larger role in making decisions on large-scale information technology projectss, Nextgov reported Monday.

Joseph Marks writes the Reforming Federal Procurement of Information Technology Act would give the federal CTO greater authority over IT projects involving citizen services and high cost impact.

The CTO would also be able to hire external technology workers from the Presidential Innovation Fellows program on those projects.

George Burke, Connolly’s spokesman, said the bill is complementary to another IT bill the lawmaker co-sponsors, which focuses on each agency’s chief information officer managing the IT budget, according to the report.

Commodity information technology purchases would not be covered under the RFP-IT Act, Marks reports.