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House-Approved Defense Spending Bill Pushes for IT Modernization

PentagonThe new House-passed defense authorization bill for fiscal 2015 contains provisions to modernize the Defense Department‘s information technology systems, FCW reported Friday.

Adam Mazmanian writes the bill seeks to streamline Pentagon’s IT procurement through an open-source and modular system design.

The legislation wants to merge the chief management officer and chief information officer roles into a single post of defense undersecretary for business management and information, according to the report.

DoD will also need to establish open architecture standards for IT systems and migrate legacy systems into an open-source model under the legislation, the report says.

Mazmanian writes the bill requires the establishment of cybersecurity training ranges within the military services.

The legislation also wants the defense secretary to report national security threats to Congress and submit interim plans on how to run the continuous monitoring of employees and contractors with access to classified data in case of ongoing disruption, FCW reports.

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