Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., released draft legislation Jan. 27 that would overhaul how the federal government purchases and develops IT programs and systems.
The Reforming Federal Procurement of Information Technology Act would create a new office within the administration to review major IT projects before they begin and help agencies plan the contracting process.
The legislation would also lift the threshold for the streamlined contracting process available to small businesses from $150,000 to $500,000.
Eshoo said in a statement that burdensome procurement regulations were a barrier to small business participation in the IT procurement process.
“Our draft bill puts proven best practices to work by instituting a White House office of IT procurement and gives all American innovators a fair shake at competing for valuable federal IT contracts by lowering the burden of entry,” Eshoo said.
Connolly said despite some improvements in federal IT procurement over the last few years there are still too many IT program failures.
“Our RFP-IT discussion draft recognizes that transforming how the federal government procures critical IT assets will likely require bolstering ongoing efforts to comprehensively strengthen general federal IT management practices with targeted enhancements that promote innovative and bold procurement strategies from the White House on down,” Connolly said.