News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.
House Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees agree on trimmed down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Now it’s up to the armed services committees to keep FITARA in the Defense Authorization bill.
After nearly three years on the job, Dan Tangherlini announced yesterday that he will be stepping down as administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). His last day is Feb. 13. The agency today, however, is very different from the one he took over in 2012. Rich Buetel, a longtime Hill staff member and an IT acquisition expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on those changes, as well as what might be next for GSA.
There is a growing interest on Capitol Hill to codify some aspects of cloud computing, including the security authorization program known as FedRAMP.
Section 209 of the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act would give DHS emergency powers during a cyber attack on federal or contractor networks holding federal data. Some say the provision is too vague.
The Senate IT working group is circulating a discussion draft of a cloud bill to improve FedRAMP and create a new fund at GSA to help pay for cloud transitions.
The White House sent its legislative proposal to Capitol Hill and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) plans on introducing legislation based on that proposal this week.
Kareem El-Alaily, managing director at Censeo Consulting, and Richard Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, make the case for adding new metrics to the FITARA scorecard.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking GAO to review how the U.S. Digital Services prioritizes programs as well as how agencies are implementing the CIO authorities under FITARA.
Lawmakers are offering the Modernizing Obsolete and Vulnerable Enterprise IT (MOVE-IT) Act as an alternative to the White House’s $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund proposal to help agencies update technology networks and applications.