The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been on the defensive since it was revealed that the NSA subverted encryption standards.
Analysts see 'tremendous value' in data the government collects, but say infrastructure and policy prevent making the best use of it.
Frank Kendall, the Pentagon undersecretary in charge of acquisition, outlined some tentative plans to streamline acquisition rules, ideally before the fiscal 2015 defense funding bill.
The IT acquisition bill, modified since it first went to the Senate in 2013, was approved by voice vote.
Federal users can choose from among seven pools of providers for professional services offerings, including logistic, IT, engineering, financial management and scientific trades and services.
Cybersecurity is one of a few areas set to receive a boost, at the expense of troop strength.
Results of a study on barriers to government contracting are expected to be released in early March.
The IT acquisition overhaul bill the House will vote on Tuesday includes a few changes from the version included in the House-passed defense policy measure last year.
The agency wants to encourage small and midsize businesses to adopt the Cybersecurity Framework.
Debate over regulatory transparency raises questions of both privacy and process.
Rather than spend time and money adhering to the government's rigid procurement requirements, innovative new companies should have the ability to graduate into compliance.
Pending lawsuits could prompt agency to preserve meta data far longer than planned.