Davis introduces federal IT management bill

Davis introduces federal IT management bill

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

Rep. Tom Davis late last month introduced the Federal Information Policy Act to develop a framework for mandatory controls over government information technology.

The Virginia Republican's bill, HR 5024, would establish an Office of Information Policy with a governmentwide chief information officer. The bill would also create an Office of Information Security and Technical Protection within the new CIO office.

'A central IT management process is essential if government is going to be able to successfully achieve cost benefits similar to those experienced in the private sector and improve its responsiveness to the public,' Davis said.

The bill would centralize the systems oversight work within the Office of Management and Budget and move it to the Executive Office of the President. As part of the new office's oversight, the governmentwide CIO team would conduct independent evaluations of agency systems practices.

Complementary act

Davis said his new bill complements the Cyber Security Information Act, HR 4246, which he introduced in April. That bill is under review by the House Judiciary Committee and the Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology.

Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas) early last month introduced similar legislation, the CIO of the United States Act, HR 4670. The House Government Reform subcommittee plans to review Turner's bill this fall.

Meanwhile, a Senate bill to centralize management of federal systems security recently gained Senate approval. The Senate passed the Government Information Security Act, S 1993, as a ride to the fiscal 2001 Defense Department authorization bill, HR 4205.

The security provisions'sponsored by Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), the senior members of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee'would create new federal security rules. For example, the bill would require all agencies to develop agencywide security programs and to have those programs independently evaluated each year.

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