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Lawmakers Propose Federal IT Reform With 2015 Defense Authorization Bill

acquisition policyU.S. lawmakers have included a new proposed bill in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 that will give agency chief information officers greater authority over spending and contracting, Federal Times reported Wednesday.

Aaron Boyd writes that the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act would enable CIOs to make decisions on IT-related project planning and implementation, budget appropriation, major contracts and hiring.

The proposed bill also covers reporting to the Office of Management and Budget and on public databases as well as cyber risk management, IT portfolio reviews and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative.

The Senate’s version includes key provisions from the House version, which received an update earlier this year, the report said.

“By giving decision-makers the ability to make changes appropriate for their agency, we can ensure that the most knowledgeable will now be able to enact solutions that had otherwise plagued their agencies,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), FITARA sponsor and chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, told Federal Times.

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