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GAO will study Clinger-Cohen compliance

One of the first things Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) have undertaken in their new Capitol Hill leadership roles is a review of agency progress in implementing laws related to IT. Davis, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, and Collins, who heads the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, this month asked the General Accounting Office to review how well agencies are carrying out IT management directives in such laws as the Clinger-Cohen Act and the E-Government Act of 2002. GAO has not previously taken a comprehensive look at the implementation of IT laws, a Government Reform aide said, and it has been three years since anyone analyzed agency progress in implementing the Clinger-Cohen Act. The staff of former Governmental Affairs chairman Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) conducted a review in 2000. “It is vital to understand the status of the federal government’s IT management practices, including those linking IT planning and investment decisions to program missions and goals,” Davis and Collins wrote to GAO. Full Story

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