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House Panel Asks GAO to Conduct 5 IT Reviews Related to FITARA Implementation

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has called on the Government Accountability Office to carry out five new reviews related to the agencies’ implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

House panel members told GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro in a letter published Wednesday to determine best practices associated with FITARA implementation and assess agencies’ compliance with the law’s portfolio review requirements to ensure the elimination of duplicative systems.

The lawmakers also asked Dodaro to identify the top 15 to 25 critical IT procurements and submit a report on the status of each acquisition.

GAO should also determine the top 10 programs to modernize legacy systems and assess the strategies and challenges associated with IT human capital as well as offer recommendations, according to the letter.

The lawmakers said they will use the reviews to inform the House panel’s FITARA scorecard and further support its oversight efforts over IT modernization following the passage of the Modernizing Government Technology Act.

The MGT Act is part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2018 that President Donald Trump signed Tuesday.

Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) and Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) signed the letter with Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Robin Kelly (D-Illinois), Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), and Gerald Connolly (D-Virginia).

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