Hurd: IT Modernization Bill Will Rise Again

Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) says the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act) will be brought back up in the House “very soon.” The bill, which would allow federal agencies to establish working capital funds to pay for IT modernization projects, and then reprogram any savings realized from those efforts, was passed by the House last year, but stalled in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office said it would cost $9 billion to implement.

The State of IT Procurement Reform

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a new report on the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), essentially summarizing the office’s past work on IT procurement reform and the implementation of the bill. GAO notes that since 2015, IT acquisition management has been on its high-risk list, and that it made 803 recommendations for the improvement of IT procurement between 2010 and 2015, with 366 of those being implemented. In fiscal year 2016, GAO made another 202 recommendations.

How to Make the Office of Innovation a Success

Luke Fretwell, founder of GovFresh, offers tips to White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner on how to make the Office of Innovation he will helm most effective. Fretwell includes advice such as building a “Buy.gov” platform that provides a centralized source of information for suppliers looking to enter the federal market, and improving the data at USAspending.gov.


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