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Government Streamlines Process for Selling IT to U.S. Agencies

Information technology providers who market to the federal government got some holiday cheer as the U.S. Congress and the White House approved legislation to improve the way the government acquires IT equipment and services. The reforms are significant and welcome, and no doubt will facilitate the marketing of IT to federal agencies.

President Obama signed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, on Dec. 16, as a component of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. The new law enhances the role of agency chief information officers in the budgeting, planning and spending processes for IT acquisition; enhances transparency and oversight of agency IT investments; requires federal departments to take an enterprise-wide view of IT programs and investments; and continues programs designed to efficiently manage federal data centers.

However, enactment of the legislation is just the beginning of a comprehensive process for implementing improvements to federal IT procurement.

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President Obama signed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, on Dec. 16, as a component of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. The new law enhances the role of agency chief information officers in the budgeting, planning and spending processes for IT acquisition; enhances transparency and oversight of agency IT investments; requires federal departments to take an enterprise-wide view of IT programs and investments; and continues programs designed to efficiently manage federal data centers.

However, enactment of the legislation is just the beginning of a comprehensive process for implementing improvements to federal IT procurement.

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