OMB quizzing agencies on Clinger-Cohen
- By Diane Frank
- May 12, 2000
The Office of Management and Budget will meet with senior officials in the
agencies covered by the Clinger-Cohen Act to determine how far along they
are in developing an agencywide view of their information technology investments.
The meetings over the next two months will include each agency's chief
information officer, chief financial officer, head budget officer and head
procurement executive to get input from each area of an agency affected
by IT investment, Lauren Uher, an official with OMB's Office of Federal
Procurement Policy, said Thursday.
Last month, Sens. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.),
the respective chairman and ranking member of the Senate Governmental Affairs
committee, sent out letters to all 24 Clinger-Cohen agencies asking them
to detail how far along they are in implementing the act, which calls for
agencies to apply private-sector discipline on federal IT expenditures.
OMB also announced last year that its annual report to Congress under
the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act would focus on IT.
Agencies have until May 18 to respond to the letters, and the FASA reports
are due later this spring, so OMB's meetings with the agency representatives
are primarily to ensure that everyone is on the same page, Uher said at
the General Services Administration's annual Trail Boss Roundup in Williamsburg,