Sens. Cassidy, Peters File Software License Mgmt Reform Bill

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softwareSenators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have filed a bill that seeks to overhaul the way the federal government manages information technology software licenses.

The proposed Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2015 will require agencies to define roles for the management of enterprise software licenses, Cassidy’s office said in an announcement posted Dec. 7.

“Billions of taxpayer dollars could be saved if federal agencies keep track of what software they buy,” Cassidy said.

The proposed legislation will also call for an inventory of 80 percent of agency software license spending and enterprise licenses, software license monitoring and maintenance measures and software usage analysis.

Agencies will need to conduct software license management training and set their software license management program goals, according to the bill.

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