December 8, 2022
Coalition for Fair Software Licensing, Industry Partners Urge Congress to Enact the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Coalition for Fair Software Licensing was joined by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), NetChoice, TechNet, and the Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to prioritize the enactment of the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act by the end of the year.
The bipartisan legislation – introduced by Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in September and Reps. Cartwright (D-Pa.-08) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.-01) in November – would require federal agency heads to produce a report on their respective agency’s software contracts and entitlements.
“These reports will help to inform ongoing efforts to modernize the federal government and improve the value of federal IT,” the signatories wrote. “Ultimately, the goal of this bill is to ensure that software and other IT work in harmony within and across federal agencies. This will not only improve interagency coordination and communication but also ensure better returns on IT investments made with taxpayer dollars.”
Software is an essential tool across the federal government, but federal agencies have different approaches to their IT management and modernization strategies. This legislation will help improve the value Departments and agencies realize from federal IT governmentwide by identifying software licensing restrictions and hidden fees across agencies.
“Examining and rooting out the potential for waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government has long been a bipartisan priority in Congress as it supports prudent, long-lasting solutions,” signatories continued. “We urge Congressional leaders to support this bipartisan momentum and include the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act in must-pass legislation this year.”
The full text can be read here.