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FCW : December 2012
December 2012 FCW.COM 21 But Issa s relationship with the administration quickly turned adver- sarial because of his air for publicity. His oversight investigations featured an inquiry into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives controversial Fast and Furious gun- running surveillance operation in Mexi- co. It resulted in a nearly party-line vote on the rst-ever House contempt cita- tion of an attorney general after Eric Holder refused to turn over suf cient documents related to the case. Then, less than a month before the 2012 election, Issa launched an investigation into the circumstanc- es surrounding the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Issa defended his committee s work as examining the security failures in Benghazi. But Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the oversight committee, said the "hearing devolved into a disorganized, partisan and absurd spectacle." Additional hostility ensued when Obama administration of cials ignored Issa s Oct. 24 deadline to inform the committee of their plans to notify fed- eral contractors and employees of pos- sible job losses if the planned sequester of federal spending takes effect on Jan. 2, 2013. On the legislative front, the over- sight committee had few success- ful initiatives as the 112th Congress moved into its lame-duck session. The House passed the Digital Accountabil- ity and Transparency Act, which was designed to increase transparency and online reporting of federal spending, by voice vote in April. But House Democrats criticized the proposal for transferring broad powers from OMB to a new agency, and the mea- sure went nowhere in the Democrat- controlled Senate. More signi cantly, Issa s bill to over- haul the debt-ridden U.S. Postal Service was criticized as a partisan effort and an attack on unions, in contrast to a Senate measure that passed with bipar- tisan support (and more limited cost savings). House action on the postal measure has been delayed for months, and most experts anticipate that no agreement will be reached before this session of Congress adjourns. Crafting a legislative legacy By contrast, Issa s push for biparti- sanship on the IT bill re ects several unique factors related to the issue itself and the accompanying politics. In particular, the proposal s focus on government ef ciency does not ignite the partisan con icts that have per- vaded Capitol Hill lately, according to congressional aides and others familiar with discussions of the draft proposal. "Everyone recognizes that govern- ment is in a downsizing era," said a congressional aide who has worked closely on IT issues and who requested anonymity. "For agencies to achieve their budgets will require ef ciency and changes through technology. The federal government has fallen behind the private sector for many reasons. A lot goes back to the acquisition pro- cess, which is massively outdated." And many private-sector entities that bene t from the status quo will seek to protect their interests, the aide added. Obama and his management experts have sought to take control of the problem and demand more rational pricing and acquisition capabilities. "But there are only a few people at OMB," the aide said. "And the presi- dent s initiative hasn t taken effect because the bureaucracy slows things down." Issa s business background gives him a special appreciation of those problems and the opportunities for large savings in IT budgets. Now he needs to nd a way to move his bill through the legislative obstacle course. Its trademark feature could be its expanded authority for agency CIOs. "The CIOs are in the unenviable posi- tion where they have the responsibility to manage these issues but lack the power," Beutel told a group of lawyers and lobbyists in October. Most agen- cies have failed to implement exist- ing provisions that empower CIOs, he added. Beutel s experience as a Senate aide with credentials on other bipar- tisan projects could be a key factor "To the chairman's credit, he invited me to help shape his bill. It s the rst major attempt in a decade to improve acquisition and procurement of federal technology." REP. GERALD CONNOLLY (D-VA.) STAN BAROUH
November 30, 2012