Amendment to Delay Reorganizing Defense IT Agency May Prove Ineffective

Amendment to Delay Reorganizing Defense IT Agency May Prove Ineffective

An amendment added on the House floor Tuesday to the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill designed to stave off the dismantling of the Defense Information Systems Agency may not achieve its stated objective, reports C4ISRNet.com. The amendment, proposed by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), would prohibit DOD from spending funds on planning needed to transfer the agency’s functions elsewhere, a move required under the House version of the FY 2019 defense authorization bill. Reorganizing DISA is one of the components of House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry’s plan to streamline the Pentagon’s back-office support agencies.

In a floor speech, Brown said the amendment would postpone the plan to dismantle DISA, providing an opportunity to reverse the change during a future Congress. A Republican aide to the House Armed Services Committee, however, said the amendment wouldn’t prevent DOD from implementing the reorganization. “We didn’t oppose it because it doesn’t do anything,” the aide said. “There isn’t any [proposed] funding to impact DISA reorganization until 2021.”

The House is expected to approve the underlying spending measure today.

Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons

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