Software License Bill Moves Forward in the House
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously approved the “Making Electronic Government Accountable by Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act,” bipartisan legislation that would require federal agencies to maintain comprehensive software inventories and use them to track licenses and software usage to reduce duplication.
"Software licenses are big-dollar items and if not properly managed get away from you very quickly,” said House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) would also require agencies to provide better training on software license management and to report annual savings achieved through this new effort.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the companion legislation in the Senate. It has already passed through the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and is awaiting a vote by the full Senate.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a directive back in December that required agencies appoint in-house software managers to build inventories and help transition to the use of government-wide licenses.
OMB estimates the federal government spends around $9 billion each year on software through more than 50,000 individual transactions.
The bill now heads to the House floor.
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