Davis to Chair House Technology and Procurement Subcommittee

Davis to Chair House Technology and Procurement Subcommittee

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., has been appointed chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on technology and procurement policy, where he will oversee a host of issues vitally important to the high-tech community.

The subcommittee examines federal information technology and procurement policy and practices, focusing on the effectiveness and fairness of the procurement process and management reform efforts. The panel also reviews outsourcing and privatization as ways to enhance the delivery of services.


"A primary goal will be to ensure that government services are readily accessible to citizens, and to improve cross-agency communications to foster greater innovation within these agencies," Davis said.

The subcommittee also will work with the Bush administration to ensure continued federal agency leadership and greater coordination in IT research and development.


"We have an excellent opportunity to make the federal government more efficient and user friendly ? in a nutshell, to bring it into the 21st century," Davis said. "The taxpayers have every right to expect the government to use the technology at its disposal to improve services, lower costs and increase opportunities for those companies that contract with the government."


Davis was appointed subcommittee chairman by House Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton, R-Ind.


Davis was vice president and general counsel of PRC Inc., a high-technology and professional services firm in McLean, Va., before being elected to Congress in 1994. PRC is now a subsidiary of Litton Industries, Woodland Hills, Calif., which is in the process of being acquired by Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles.

Davis has been an advocate for federal employees and contractors since arriving on Capitol Hill. His district in Northern Virginia is home to thousands of high-tech companies that employ tens of thousands of workers.


"Some of the most innovative technology companies in the world, companies that have helped fuel our nation's economy, are located in my district," Davis said. "The federal government continues to be a vital partner with those companies, and I look forward to finding ways to make those relationships even more beneficial for all stakeholders ? the government, federal contractors, their employees and, most importantly, the taxpayers."


Davis has been appointed to a seat on the telecommunications subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also will serve as vice chairman of the Washington, D.C., subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee.


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