The White House wants agencies to look for ways to cut discretionary spending, in part to pay for the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative the president unveiled in March.
The Office of Technology Assessment has been unfunded for the better part of 20 years.
Three-fourths of agency's IT funding would be contingent on Congress getting a granular explanation of the plan for VistA.
Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall and Sen. Joe Donnelly used an Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss the possibility of using the same cost guidelines for IT and weapons systems.
Lawmakers have given agencies long-term funding clarity for the first time in years. But the lack of budget drama could open the door to other conflicts.
For Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, getting to know Capitol Hill has not been a pleasant experience.
Key backers say they will hold OMB's "feet to the fire" to ensure the agency lives up to the measure's requirements.
The House passed the spending transparency legislation easily, as the Senate did earlier, but it's not clear what the White House position is.
Eighteen years after the Clinger-Cohen Act created the position, experts discuss how the job of agencies' top IT executives has changed.
GAO says there are better alternatives for effective oversight of small agencies. Inspectors general, unsurprisingly, take a different view.
The version differs from the one the House passed in November, but lawmakers are confident the legislation will soon be going to the president.
Government has barely scratched the surface of what it could achieve in R&D with more, better and bigger prize competitions, experts say.