Today, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Congressman Gerry Connolly released the Reform Federal Procurement for Information Technology Act. We think it’s an important second component to the already-through-the-House Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.
The bill echoes our recommendations for federal procurement reform:
In addition, it should work well alongside FITARA, which calls for increased agency CIO authority. What will hopefully end up happening if both bills pass is that good talent can get inside of government, agencies that perform well can operate independently, and agencies that don’t can be pulled back in and reformed, while still having operational continuity (meaning: while that reform is happening, IT projects can still be done well, and run by the DGO).
So what’s missing? The stuff we talked about last week – fixing SAM.gov, and reforming the way registration for small businesse certifications works. And a Republican sponsor for a Republican-held house.
That said, we’re not sure how Congress writes a “stop throwing errors when a user clicks the submit button on SAM.gov” law. That’s going to take hearings, and most likely, a digital government office, to fix. And since this bill is at the discussion draft stage, perhaps soon we’ll see some Republicans jump onboard.
We’re excited to see this kind of movement. Having procurement reform happening means creating more opportunities, improving the way government can deliver services, and for thousands of small businesses, unlocking the largest customer in the world.