WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) reintroduced the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets (SAMOSA) Act in the 118th Congress.
The SAMOSA Act was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee late last year.
“NetChoice strongly supports this bipartisan effort and commends Sens. Peters and Cassidy, and Reps. Cartwright and Fitzpatrick for reintroducing the SAMOSA Act,” said NetChoice President & CEO Steve DelBianco. “If passed this year, the SAMOSA Act would be a win for agencies, who have been pressured by incumbent software vendors for too long. It will also empower competition for contracts in the IT space, incentivizing companies to improve their product quality, security and value—a big win for taxpayers.”
DelBianco continued: “Over the past 20 years, millions of federal dollars have been wasted due to anticompetitive practices like vendor-lock. According to expert Michael Garland, reforming federal government software licensing procurement could save taxpayers around $750 million per year through increased competition.”
Read more about the pervasive effects of vendor-lock in federal government software licensing procurement here.
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