Move could fast-track IT procurement reform, as the House added its version to the defense authorization bill in June.
The problems with large federal IT projects are deep, broad and mostly immune to quick fixes. So what's to be done?
Best practices, clear lines of authority would have saved HealthCare.gov, say former officials -- and most reforms could be made under current law.
Testimony from GAO's Powner on best practices for IT spending.
Federal IT suppliers swamped with end-of-the-fiscal-year purchase orders take some solace in the timing of one of the largest government-wide acquisition contracts.
Agencies are trying to cope with competing acquisition priorities stemming from rules and financial constraints, causing some experts to remember an earlier era of procurement before major reforms.
Agencies have made progress in hiring talented acquisition professionals, but unreasonable scrutiny from all sides is encouraging risk avoidance and stifling innovation, according to the Procurement Round Table.
Despite years of effort, agencies are still not using the chief acquisition officer role well, according to an audit. The head of the government's procurement policy agency seeks to change that.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to introduce legislation in January that would likely enhance the CIO role, address strategic sourcing and improve acquisition workforce training.
A group of organizations, including labor unions and government watchdog groups, are asking Congress to reduce the cap on salary compensation that agencies pay to contractors.
GSA's acting administrator would like to see the agency develop a DARPA-like 'heart and soul of innovation,' but experts warn that it would require a high tolerance for risk and failure.
In an era of formidable challenges, America needs formidable, and novel, approaches to address them.