Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), the sponsor of the MGT Act, said the White House’s Office of American Innovation, created in March, “gets it,” in terms of updating government technology, and applying private sector practices to help improve government services. One of the areas the office is tasked with is improving government IT procurement, and Hurd said members were asking the right questions: “The transition folks were asking the right questions, like, ‘Why does this agency have 14 people with the title [chief information officer]? Why does the CIO not have the complete budget authority? Why are there still 12 agencies where the CIO doesn’t report directly to the agency head?'”

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