WASHINGTON—Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., issued the following statement Thursday in response to the release of the administration’s plan to reform federal information technology (IT) management and address the most urgent federal IT challenges, such as cloud computing and acquisition.

“I commend the Administration for its ongoing work to improve how the federal government acquires, manages, and uses information technology to more effectively and efficiently serve the American people. We are already beginning to see results with the announcement that the administration has taken steps to save taxpayers $1.6 billion after reviewing 30 financial systems modernization projects that were running behind schedule and over budget. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) long has been active in this area, but especially since 2002, when Congress passed our E-Government Act.

 “The new IT strategy describes over two dozen projects for the next 18 months and provides clear benchmarks to allow Congress and the taxpayers to measure the success of the reform efforts.  With its focus on execution, oversight, and transparency, the Administration’s plan should deliver valuable results. I look forward to working with the Administration to create a smarter, more efficient, more effective government.”