Horn retains oversight of major technology issues

Horn retains oversight of major technology issues

Rep. Steve Horn

A turnover in congressional committees won't keep Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.) from looking over the shoulders of agencies' information technology chiefs.

Horn, whose often harsh grading system helped bring attention to agencies' year 2000 date code efforts, will continue to oversee computer security issues as chairman of the new Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations, said Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), the committee's chairman.

Horn began monitoring computer security in 1996 as chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology.
Self-imposed Republican term limits resulted in a House shake-up of committee and subcommittee leadership for the 107th Congress, leading to Horn's new subcommittee assignment.

Horn's panel will oversee agencies' efforts to become financially accountable to taxpayers'an effort that legacy stovepipe systems and an inability to compile year-end reports have often thwarted. The subcommittee also will examine the efficiency of interagency efforts. In addition to computer security, the subcommittee will monitor the handling of presidential records and compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

Horn's efforts will be shored up by the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, whose chairman is Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.).

Davis, who hails from Virginia's high-tech corridor, formerly was vice president and general counsel of Litton PRC. Since his election in 1994, Davis has gained a reputation as an expert in information technology and procurement, Burton said.

'Tony Lee Orr

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