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FCW : April 15, 2013
The House Oversight and Govern- ment Reform Committee approved the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act on March 20, despite a warning from IT industry groups that they had not had enough time to fully review several new provisions in the bill. Committee members said they are still open to revisions. "The window of feedback is not shut. I expect this legislation to under- go further refine- ment," said Commit- tee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). "But it is time to advance the bill to the next stage." The bill (H.R. 1232) would give more budgetary authority and respon- sibility to CIOs to engage in portfo- liowide IT governance and budget planning and would require that 16 presidentially appointed CIOs have a direct reporting link to the top leaders of their agencies. The bill would also emphasize better ways of buying IT, which include using cadres of acquisi- tion specialists and strategic sourcing. TechAmerica, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the IT Industry Council, the Coalition for Government Procure- ment, BSA/The Software Alliance, and the Association for Competitive Technology wrote: "Several signi cant portions of the proposal are entirely new text and have never before been seen and warrant signi cant addition- al review and discussion." They added that several provisions appear redun- dant and duplicative because they restate authorities and responsibilities that are already established by law. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House, though no timetable has been publicly discussed. --- Matthew Weigelt The rapid growth of information is reshaping not only the tools agen- cies use to govern their data but the people, too. In a newly released strategic plan, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System calls for establishing an Of ce of the Chief Data Of cer to govern and manage the growing quan- tity of data produced and used by the central bank of the United States. "As the board s mandate has expand- ed in the wake of the nancial crisis and the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, so has the need for data to meet the breadth and depth of analytical issues that staff [is] now addressing," the strategy reads. Several agencies already employ CDOs to help them manage their data. In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission became the rst agency to install a CDO; it now has 10. In October 2012, TechAmerica released a report calling for each agency to have a CDO. Data scientists are also expected to be in high demand in the coming years, but the executive-level CDO position generates a bit of resistance from industry insiders. Some experts believe it is a natural development in the organizational structure, but oth- ers, including Daniel Castro, senior analyst at the Information Technol- ogy and Innovation Foundation, say the position is unnecessary. "[A] good CIO or [chief technology of cer] should already be doing what a CDO would be hired to do," Castro told FCW in October. "Data and tech- nology are intimately linked, and strate- gies should be developed around both of them together." Regardless of one s stance on CDOs, the growth of information is changing the way companies and agencies man- age data. The Federal Reserve s strat- egy makes it clear that data is no longer just content collected or generated by servers --- it is vital to the organiza- tion s investment decisions. --- Frank Konkel House committee passes procurement reform bill Federal Reserve strategy calls for chief data of cer 10 April 15, 2013 FCW.COM Trending records in the U.S. Postal Service transactional database are used for fraud detection 400 billion Darrell Issa INK TANK
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