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FCW : February 2015
— a skill set that is lacking here in Washington, and I’m looking forward to playing a part and using that back- ground.” As a new member, he’s still getting up to speed on the folkways of Con- gress and working through a pile of GAO and inspector general reports on IT topics that he might want his subcommittee to explore. He’s also familiarizing himself with the impres- sive raft of IT-related legislation, includ- ing FITARA, enacted at the tail end of the 113th Congress. Hurd plans to cut a wide swath across tech issues, including federal cloud implementation, procurement, data breaches and cybersecurity in gen- eral. And because his district contains 825 miles of the U.S./Mexico border, Hurd takes a special interest in how technology can be used to make border protection smarter and more effective. “My role in Oversight and Govern- ment Reform is to shine the flashlight on some of these issues and work with the authorizing committees — Home- land Security, Armed Services, Judiciary — as well as with Appropriations to help propose solutions,” he said. Connolly hopes to serve on Hurd’s subcommittee but said he plans to focus his efforts on the Government Operations Subcommittee. Highlighting IT issues can be helpful, Connolly said, “but the risk is that we stovepipe it.” A lead Democrat for the IT subcom- mittee had not been named when this issue went to press. Obstacles remain FITARA’s sponsors are bullish on the prospects for improvement. “There’s $20 billion to be had here,” Connolly said. “Issa-Connolly can effectuate very substantial savings.” More than just saving money, he added, it can focus government technologists on achieving the best outcomes. Connolly said he hopes the law will “foster a change in attitude [about] how we approach the transformative power of technology. Too often technology is treated as just a commodity. We are hoping these reforms will be a cata- lyst to get government to address the underutilization of technology in the public sector.” Brubaker, however, is concerned that the concepts embedded in the legislation won’t find their way into federal practice. “Many agencies did not embrace the concepts in Clinger- Cohen,” he said, but instead took cover in over-prescriptive guidance from OMB. Often there was resistance from leadership at the secretary and deputy secretary level. Can FITARA surmount similar obsta- cles? “My guess is that it will make some incremental improvements, but achieving Information Age outcomes in this construct is not going to happen,” Brubaker said. McClure, who is now chief strategist at the Veris Group, agreed that leader- ship buy-in is essential for the timely implementation of FITARA, especially “the support the CIO gets from the non- IT executives within the agency.” Often, he added, “the CIO’s success is depen- dent on productive working relation- ships with the [chief financial officer] and the leaders of the mission-delivery arms of the agency.” Furthermore, lawmakers hoping to use the statute to improve oversight face built-in obstacles. Congress is outstaffed and outspent by the fed- eral bureaucracy it is charged with overseeing, and it faces the perennial problem of attracting and retaining talented subject-matter specialists at the derisory rates typically offered for legislative staff work. Nevertheless, Issa and Connolly could prove to be the best advocates for the law’s success. “The biggest stakeholders are still here,” Connolly said. “Darrell’s around. I’m around. And I am tenacious.” “This is one of those legacy things,” Issa said, “and Gerry Connolly and I will keep our eyes on it and take spe- cial interest and work together to see that it’s fully implemented.” n February 2015 FCW.COM 21 Beyond FITARA These newly passed measures will also be part of Congress’ IT oversight agenda: • The Federal Information Security Modernization Act is designed to streamline federal network security policy, practice and oversight. It codifies the current division of labor for protecting federal networks, with the Office of Management and Budget responsible for policy and the Department of Homeland Security focusing on implementation. The law also requires OMB and DHS to report on adoption of continuous monitoring technologies, including commercial products offered under the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program run by DHS. • The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act isn’t exactly a tech bill, but it does require federal budget and spending information to be published in machine-readable form. That might not sound exciting, but it gives public interest groups, businesses and Congress a chance to visualize and understand the federal balance sheet in new and potentially enlightening ways. • The Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act authorizes DHS to hire senior-level cybersecurity specialists at pay grades comparable to the military or spy agencies, while also taking inventory of the agency’s cybersecurity workforce. • The Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act puts the Transportation Security Administration on a short leash when it comes to tech procurement and requires TSA to develop and update a five-year strategic IT spending plan. — Adam Mazmanian APIMAGES 0215fcw_018-021.indd 21 1/27/15 9:30 AM
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