Federal IT procurement, cybersecurity get subcommittee on the Hill
Fierce Government IT - By Molly Bernhart Walker
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the incoming House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair, announced Dec. 17 that a new subcommittee will be added to address federal information technology.
According to a release issued by Chaffetz's office, the subcommittee will focus on federal IT procurement, cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, emerging technology and intellectual property. The subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas).
Hurd is new to the Hill and only took office Jan. 3. He was formerly an agent with the Central Intelligence Agency and then a partner and senior advisor with the cybersecurity firm FusionX.
The IT subcommittee is just one of six new subcommittees Chaffetz is establishing for the 114th Congress. The others are government operations; health care, benefits and administrative rules; interior; national security; and transportation and public assets.
"When assessing the future of the committee and our goals, we saw an opportunity to make some changes, which includes modifications to subcommittee issues area and titles," said Chaffetz in a statement.
"These changes will allow the subcommittee chairs and members to take a new approach to addressing the matters that come before the committee," he added.
- read the press release from Chaffetz