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H.R. 3243 (115th): FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017

H.R. 3243 eliminates the sunset date on several provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act related to transparency and risk management assessment of major information technology investments and agency reviews of information technology portfolios to reduce duplication and realize savings. Specifically, the bill extends three expiring provisions related to federal data center consolidation, transparency and risk management of major IT systems, and IT portfolio, program, and resource reviews.

The three provisions of FITARA set to expire in 2018 and 2019 relate to the:

  • IT Dashboard – The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and agencies must make publicly available detailed information on federal IT investments and require agency Chief Information Officers to categorize IT investments by risk.
  • PortfolioStat – Agencies must annually review IT investment portfolios in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and identify potential waste and duplication.
  • Data Center Consolidation Initiative – Agencies are required to provide OMB with a data center inventory, the number of data center closures, projected cost savings, and quarterly updates on progress.
Last updated Oct 10, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Nov 22, 2017.

FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill repeals the expiration date of (thus making permanent) provisions of the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 that require: (1) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make available to the public a list of each major information technology investment made by a covered agency for information technology, including data on cost, schedule, and performance; (2) the Chief Information Officer of each covered agency and the program manager of the investment within the agency to conduct a risk management review of those investments that have received a high risk rating for four consecutive quarters; and (3) the implementation by OMB of a process to assist the covered agencies in reviewing their portfolio of information technology investments.

(Sec. 4) The bill amends such Act to extend the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative through FY2020.