Bill would ramp up software inventory tracking in government
February 28, 2012
Software, which is considered a fixed asset
provided it's used for more than one year, is a central component of the government's information technology suite.
However, according to Illinois Representative Joe Walsh, writing for government technology website Nextgov, "anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of the federal government's software expenditures could be eliminated through better software asset management."
Walsh cites a statistic from technology analysis firm IDC which indicated agencies spent more than $40 billion on software in 2010. "If they could optimize those expenditures, the savings could amount to billions," he writes.
Walsh, a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, introduced an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorization bill to eliminate wasteful software license spending. It was passed by the Homeland Security Committee in October and must now be considered by the House.
The bill would spur an inventory tracking
audit to ascertain the number of existing software licenses held by the DHS, assess its need for the next two fiscal years and weigh how to realize cost savings.
In an October statement, Walsh noted that at a time when many American companies are cracking down on costs, the federal government should be no different.