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Senate Bill Would Give Federal CIOs More Decision-Making Authority

Capitol_BuildingA bill introduced in the Senate seeks to expand federal chief information officers’ authority to decide on information technology acquisitions and reprogramming requests, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Jason Miller writes that Senate’s Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act would allow agency CIOs to approve their organizations’ IT budget request, certify incremental IT investments and work with chief human resource officers on IT workforce review.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and committee Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will discuss the FITARA bill in a markup session Wednesday, according to the station.

Miller reports that a House version of the bill, sponsored by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), would give just one person the power to oversee each federal agency’s IT spending.

The Senate and House bills take the same approach on data center consolidation and strategic sourcing program expansion, according to Miller’s article.

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