The Hill

Issa preps IT reform legislation

Rep. Darrell Issa

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is readying a bill that would put more responsibility onto agency CIOs.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to introduce IT procurement reform legislation in January, a staff member said Oct. 18.

Richard Beutel, senior counsel for procurement at the committee, said Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to hold at least a subcommittee hearing and a full committee hearing before the end of this Congress to get feedback on how the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act could change the government marketplace. Issa also intends to reach out over the next three months to gather more input from industry on its provisions and the direction in which the legislation would take procurement.

Based on a draft version, the bill is likely to give more power to agency CIOs. The draft, which Issa released on Sept. 20, would require CIOs to approve agency spending on IT and the hiring of employees with IT responsibilities in the agency. It also would limit agencies to one CIO for the whole agency; bureaus, offices or subordinate agency organizations could not have their own CIOs.


Resources

Read the September draft bill

Article: New bill would grant CIOs greater authority


The committee is also working to build support in the Senate for a companion bill, Beutel said.

As currently written, the bill would also push for strategic sourcing and building cadres of IT acquisition professionals.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.