March 19, 2013

Washington, D.C. – A group of leading tech associations - -TechAmerica,  the Association for Competitive Technology, BSA |The Software Alliance, the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Information Technology Industry Council, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; joined together today to send a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings outlining lingering concerns with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), H.R. 1232.

In the letter organized by TechAmerica, the leading associations applauded the committee leadership for progress since the first incarnation of the bill in September 2012 but caution that there is still change to be made.

The following is the text of the letter:

“We would reiterate our support for the objective of improving the efficacy of IT investment and management in the Federal government. To that end, we believe that the enhancements to the authority of the CIO’s, the enhanced engagement with the Federal CIO Council to help formulate practices and protocols regarding IT acquisition, and the availability of monies for IT acquisition for up to a five year period are significant positive changes to the way the Federal government invests in and acquires information technologies.

We remain concerned, however, that a number of the issues raised with the Committee are not effectively addressed and that this bill creates as many new questions as it may attempt to answer. A number of provisions appear to be redundant and duplicative because they restate authorities or responsibilities that are already provided elsewhere in statute. Finally, several significant portions of the proposal are entirely new text and have never before been seen and warrant significant additional review and discussion.

While we acknowledge a desire to move to mark quickly, we believe there is a need for a deliberative process for a bill of this breadth and significance. We remain committed to working with you to improve the proposal and look forward for more opportunities for a continued dialogue. Thank you again for your focus on this issue.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.

Contact:   Stephanie Craig at 202-682-4443 or Stephanie.craig@techamerica.org