H.R.1232 – Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act

Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act – Title I: Management of Information Technology within Federal Government – (Sec. 101) Requires the heads of the following agencies to ensure that their respective chief information officers (CIOs) have a significant role in information technology (IT) decisions, including annual and multi-year planning, programming, budgeting, execution, reporting, management, governance, and oversight functions:

Requires the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) annual information technology capital planning guidance to require such CIOs (excluding the military departments) to: (1) approve their agency’s IT budget requests, (2) certify that IT investments adequately implement incremental development, and (3) ensure that all requested IT positions meet ongoing requirements.

Prohibits such agencies (including the military departments) from contracting for IT and requesting the reprogramming of IT funds without their CIO’s review and approval. Allows agencies to approve contracts through an agency governance process if the CIO is included as a full participant.

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