House measure would amend FAR minimum education requirements

House measure would amend FAR minimum education requirements

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

MAY 3—The House late yesterday passed legislation that would amend Federal Acquisition Regulations and require agencies to justify any minimum education requirements for information technology contractor personnel.

The existing mandatory minimums bear little relation to whether contractors can perform the work, said Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), who introduced the bill in February.

The Federal Contractor Flexibility Act of 2000, HR 3582, aims to open IT jobs to graduates with technical degrees from two-year colleges.

The Virginia Commission of Information Technology said vacant IT positions within federal agencies could be filled by these individuals; the commission also estimated the nationwide IT worker shortage at 364,000.

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