What they're saying about the Clinger-Cohen Act

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'Kicking and screaming, we managed to bring procurement policy out of the 19th century into the 20th century. Now we're hoping to move it into the 21st century.'

'Former Rep. William Clinger (R-Pa.), co-author of the act

'Not all federal government IT issues have been resolved, however, as demonstrated by the FBI's recurrent IT problems. We need to continue to focus on breaking down the stovepipes that exist both within and between agencies.'

'Former Sen. William Cohen (R-Maine), co-author of the act and CEO of the Cohen Group

'Clinger-Cohen gave agencies tools to better manage their IT assets'tools such as capital asset management and the CIO. It's been a good thing.'

'Bruce McConnell, president of McConnell International LLC of Washington and chief of information and technology policy at the Office of Management and Budget from 1985 to 1999

'Since Clinger-Cohen, things are much better. But I still see three areas of trouble: We still have 50-pound RFPs. We're still not there. I still see RFPs with lots of metrics. Almost like the old Military Standards. We haven't gotten to the point of great change. There's still lots of cultural change and training needed.

GAO has become today's GSA Protest Board.'

'Don Scott, senior vice president of EDS' U.S. Government Solutions division and former associate administrator for FTS 2000 of GSA's Federal Technology Service

'Clinger-Cohen empowered the agencies to invest in modernization while eliminating the arduous bid-protest environment of the early 1990s. Prior to the Clinger-Cohen Act, agencies were buying technology for technology's sake without addressing needed management reforms. Through the use of business cases, the federal budget process and Clinger-Cohen letters, the discipline now exists in federal IT expenditures. In fact, the federal government is as good as many Fortune 500 companies in using IT management best practices.'

'Mark Forman, former OMB administrator for e-government and IT

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