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Of the seven categories the FITARA scorecard uses to assess federal agencies’ adherence to the IT acquisition law, a trio of measures did more to waylay them than any others.
Members of the House subcommittees on IT and Government Operations detailed Wednesday how 11 agencies regressed on the May 21 scorecard due to poor performance concerning tracking software licenses; ensuring CIOs report to department secretaries or their deputies; and setting up the working capital funds authorized by the Modernizing Government Technology Act.
Agencies fared poorly in the new FITARA scorecard released this week, with 11 of the 24 receiving lower grades since the last scorecard was released in November and none receiving the top mark of A.
The report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, however, noted that many of the lower scores were the result of new and tougher requirements on the scorecard; without the new requirements, three agencies would have scored an A.
Several industry experts told MeriTalk in the run-up to the release of the latest FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) Federal agency scorecards that expected funding flows from the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act) may go a long way toward helping agencies boost their scores.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) released its latest agency scorecard(Scorecard 6.0) on Tuesday, highlighted by 11 agencies receiving lower grades than six months earlier, six improving their scores, and seven holding even.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement on the signing of the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), marking the Congressman’s twelfth piece of legislation signed into law:
“Every year, the federal government wastes billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars maintaining outdated, unreliable and unsecured IT systems – some of which were first designed in the 1960’s. Until now.
Expertos de Estados Unidos y de México consideraron que el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (Tlcan) podría ser víctima de la presidencia atípica de Donald Trump, lo que sería un error histórico.
U.S. Reps. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, and Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, introduced legislation Wednesday that would prevent the government from acquiring land to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved Wednesday a border security bill that includes $10 billion for a border wall.
The Border Security for America Act, proposed by committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), was passed on a party-line 18-12 vote.
The bill includes the $10 billion in border wall funding, $5 billion to improve ports of entry and adds 5,000 agents to both the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.
Lawmakers believe by adopting cybersecurity standards for the internet-connected devices it purchases, the federal government can drive the tech industry into building safer and better-protected products for the internet of things.
With the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act seemingly on a clear path to passage in the Defense authorization bill, the federal community is now asking two simple questions — how will the Trump administration implement the law? And what if chief financial officers and deputy secretaries don’t play nicely and use the money from the IT savings for other priorities?