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Oct 17, 2017

ISSA BILL TO EXTEND, ENHANCE FEDERAL IT ACQUISITION REFORMS GAINS HOUSE APPROVAL


By Ripon Advance News Service | riponadvance.com

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to build on his earlier efforts to improve the federal government’s processes for acquiring computers and information technology (IT) cleared the House on Wednesday.

Signed into law in 2014, Issa’s Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is focused on modernizing the federal government’s technology, increasing transparency and eliminating excessive spending. His new bill, the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017, H.R. 3243, would extend key provisions of the original measure that are slated to expire at the end of the year.

Issa introduced the bipartisan bill with U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA). A Senate version of the bill championed by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this month.

“This legislation is critical to ensuring FITARA’s benefits are seen through to their fullest potential,” Issa said. “FITARA has made incredible improvements to how the federal government manages its information technology by cutting waste, saving taxpayer dollars, improving security and bolstering accountability. Yet, as is often the case in government, it has become clear that our problem with wasteful, forgotten, or duplicative data centers is far bigger than was even imagined.”…read more