Reviewing Challenges in Federal IT Acquisition

Hearing Date: March 28, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To discuss challenges in the current federal IT acquisition system, best practices from the private sector, and areas for IT acquisition reform.


  • The federal government spends over 75 percent of its $80 billion annual IT expenditures to operate legacy IT systems that are inefficient, costly to maintain, and pose security vulnerabilities.
  • The Government Accountability Office designated “Improving the Management of IT Acquisitions and Operations” as high-risk in its 2017 report.
  • Implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisitions Reform Act (FITARA) requirements has driven improvements, but federal IT acquisition remains a challenge.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. David A. Powner Director, IT Management Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office Document
Mr. Richard A. Spires Chief Executive Officer and Director Learning Tree International, Inc. Document
Mr. Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada President Unisys Federal Systems Document
Mr. A.R. “Trey” Hodgkins III Senior Vice President, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector Information Technology Industry Council Document
Ms. Deidre “Dee” Lee Director, IT Management Issues Chair, Section 809 Panel Document