December 04, 2012
by FCW

Two lawmakers plan to introduce an IT procurement reform bill in 2013.

Two members of Congress, reaching across the partisan divide, are pushing the government to think broadly -- governmentwide -- about open-source software, provoking warnings from industry groups that they are ignoring the core principle of technology neutrality.

Departmental officials have always thought department-wide, when they instead should think much more broadly to save money and resources, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) agreed at the NextGov Prime event in Washington, DC. The 24 departments often buy the same software under individual deals. But Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said, “We can share what we’re doing in a collaborative way so that software is not redundantly contracted out.”

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