The Office of Management and Budget seeks public feedback on a proposed directive that details policies on how federal agencies can manage and procure software licenses in compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.
The Category Management Policy 16-1 was drafted in response to a recent Government Accountability Office report, which found that agencies do not adopt a standard approach to software license acquisition and do not share pricing data with other agencies, Federal Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung and CIO Tony Scott wrote in a White House blog post published Dec. 21.
The proposed guidance aims to improve the acquisition of enterprise software through the centralized management of software licenses and development of enterprise-wide software agreements, Rung and Scott added.
According to the directive, agency CIOs should name a software manager that will work to handle commercial software licenses, maintain annual inventories of subscription costs and software licenses and aggregate software requirements and related funding.
OMB will accept public comments on the proposed guidance through Jan. 20.