CBO says federal IT acqusition reform bill runs up a $145 million tab


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The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., would cost the United States $145 million over the 2014-2018 period, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Nov. 12.

A majority, about $80 million, of the funding would go to the proposed Federal Infrastructure and Common Application Collaboration Center, which would advise agencies on IT procurement, according to the report.

The bill, introduced to the House in March, creates centers of excellence to develop areas of procurement acquisition expertise. The bill also requires 16 specified federal agency CIOs are appointed by the president and that the CIOs create a council to facilitate agency coordination.

In addition, the director of the Office of Management and Budget would be required to conduct a governmentwide inventory of IT assets and assess all public agency websites, eliminating duplicate sites.

After making it through the House oversight committee, which Issa chairs, the bill was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014.

The defense act overwhelmingly passed the House in June, but has languished in the Senate since.

The Obama administration has shown a tepid response to the bill.

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