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DOT Freezes IT Procurements to Kick Off FITARA Implementation; Richard McKinney Comments

Department of TransportationThe Transportation Department has paused procurements for new technology while waiting for the completion of an inventory over DOT’s information technology properties, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes the IT buy suspension marks the department’s first step to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.

Richard McKinney, DOT’s chief information officer, said the department released a memo that demanded the freeze in a move to identify areas where McKinney believes there is duplicative IT spend, according to the report.

The goal was to determine how to implement language in FITARA that authorizes McKinney to approve IT spending, the station reports.

“We put out a memo and we asked the modal CIOs to take their IT budget and translate into an IT spend,” McKinney told the station in an interview at the ACT-IAC Management of Change conference in Cambridge, Maryland.

“Line-by-line, show us how they were going to spend their money,” he added.

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