Issa holds hearing on federal IT procurement


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing Jan. 22 on federal information technology reform, with Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel set to testify.

In a video posted online, the committee asserts that as much as $20 billion annually of the approximately $80 billion yearly reported federal information technology budget is wasted--although it doesn't attribute that statement to a source. (The video at the 1:05 mark also switches into music that appears to be the riff from Sweet Jane by Lou Reed.)

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has proposed draft legislation that would enact changes to the way the government procures IT and legislatively strengthen the role of federal chief information officers.

In prepared testimony (.pdf) already posted online, VanRoekel highlights ongoing administration efforts, stating that it has three near-term strategies: the Digital Government StrategyPortfolioStat and CyberStat. He doesn't mention TechStat, once a centerpiece of Obama administration cost-cutting efforts.

For more:
go to the hearing website (prepared testimonies already available and hearing to be webcast there)
watch a 1974 recording of Lou Reed performing Sweet Jane (go to the 2:05 mark for the riff; embedded video)

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