Davis bill promotes IT outsourcing

Davis bill promotes IT outsourcing

A bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis would establish a training fund for IT procurement workers that should improve management of large contracts, the congressman said last week.

The Virginia Republican, who chairs the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, said the training fund also would help the federal government recruit and retain qualified workers.

Davis said he will introduce the Services Acquisition Reform Act this session and expects it to move through the House of Representatives early next year. He noted that federal outsourcing grew considerably from 1990 to 2000, especially for IT services. The bill is aimed at streamlining such efforts. It would reform the business environment in which agencies purchase IT services and remove interagency barriers, the congressman said. It also would encourage procurement innovations such as share-in-savings contracts.

Davis said he hopes the bill will bring the federal government benefits similar to those from General Services Administration buying schedules, which he said have saved a huge amount of money by reducing bid protests.

'If we do this right, we can save billions of dollars,' he said.

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