By Rebecca Carroll // September 19, 2014
A bill to reform how the government buys and manages technology came up this week at a hearing about the security of HealthCare.gov -- but contracting officers willing to plunge into some heavy reading may discover they already have a lot of the capability they need.
While Republicans grilled Obamacare officials about a recent hack -- and other vulnerabilities -- of their signature website, one Democrat used the occasion to plug what may be his favorite piece of pending legislation: The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA.
“Isn’t information security related to how well we’re managing our IT assets?” Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., asked officials. He gave a brief description of what FITARA would do for IT managers; the bill actually has plenty of support and seems only to await action.
Until then, though, it's not as though contracting officers have no recourse.
On Friday, DigitalGov.gov, a unit within the General Services Administration, blogged about a few new resources acquisition officers already have at their disposal to buy technology smartly.
Procurement staff can use the new Digital Service’s TechFAR Handbook as they try to make Federal Acquisition Regulations work for agile projects, which the document ...