Reps calm IT industry
- By Judi Hasson
- Nov 12, 2000
Two days after the most chaotic presidential election in U.S. history, two
members of Congress assured the information technology community that the
election impasse would have no long-term impact on high- technology policies
or federal funding for IT programs.
Speaking to the Industry Advisory Council on Nov. 9, Reps. Tom Davis
(R-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) said they did not expect Congress to focus
on IT issues until a presidential winner is declared.
Moran assured the executives that he did not expect funding cuts in
the "areas you are concerned about" because lawmakers understand the importance
of technology. "It's not weapons and bombs. It's computer hacking. It's
our computer infrastructure," Moran said.
Davis said it remains unclear who will lead the committees affecting
IT policy. Although he may replace Rep. Stephen Horn (R-Calif.) as chairman
of the Government Reform Committee's Government Management, Information
and Technology Subcommittee, Davis said nothing would be resolved for several
The lawmakers said one of their top priorities in the next Congress
is the Cyber Security Information Act. The bill would grant sweeping exemptions
to the Freedom of Information Act so that information about cyberattacks
on private information systems would not be available to the public.
"The federal government can't do [its] job if we don't get this bill
passed," Moran said.
Moran said he would work to kill a bill that would require agencies
to obtain a waiver from the Office of Management and Budget before they
outsource IT work. The bill, the Truthfulness, Responsibility and Accountability
in Contracting Act, would require agencies and industry to compete for the
work. The bill, strongly opposed by IT lobbying groups, would require agencies
to analyze current outsourcing contracts for how much money they save the