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The MEGABYTE Act is short for the "Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act".
This bill requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue a directive to require the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of each executive agency to develop a comprehensive software licensing policy, which shall: (1) require the CIO of each agency to establish a comprehensive inventory of software licenses; (2) track and maintain such licenses; (3) analyze software usage to make cost-effective decisions; (4) provide software license management training; (5) establish goals and objectives of the agency's software license management program; and (6) consider the software license management life cycle phases to implement effective decision making and incorporate existing standards, processes, and metrics.
The CIO of each executive agency must report to the OMB, beginning in the first fiscal year after this Act's enactment and in each of the following five fiscal years, on the savings from improved software license management.
One Hundred Fourteenth Congress of the United States of America
At the Second Session
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, the fourth day of January, two thousand and sixteen
H. R. 4904
To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue a directive on the management of software licenses, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2016 or the MEGABYTE Act of 2016.
2.OMB Directive on management of software licenses
In this section—
(1)the term Director means the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; and
(2)the term executive agency has the meaning given that term in section 105 of title 5, United States Code.
The Director shall issue a directive to require the Chief Information Officer of each executive agency to develop a comprehensive software licensing policy, which shall—
(1)identify clear roles, responsibilities, and central oversight authority within the executive agency for managing enterprise software license agreements and commercial software licenses; and
(2)require the Chief Information Officer of each executive agency to—
(A)establish a comprehensive inventory, including 80 percent of software license spending and enterprise licenses in the executive agency, by identifying and collecting information about software license agreements using automated discovery and inventory tools;
(B)regularly track and maintain software licenses to assist the executive agency in implementing decisions throughout the software license management life cycle;
(C)analyze software usage and other data to make cost-effective decisions;
(D)provide training relevant to software license management;
(E)establish goals and objectives of the software license management program of the executive agency; and
(F)consider the software license management life cycle phases, including the requisition, reception, deployment and maintenance, retirement, and disposal phases, to implement effective decisionmaking and incorporate existing standards, processes, and metrics.
(c)Report on software license management
Beginning in the first fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of this Act, and in each of the following 5 fiscal years, the Chief Information Officer of each executive agency shall submit to the Director a report on the financial savings or avoidance of spending that resulted from improved software license management.
The Director shall make each report submitted under paragraph (1) publically available.
[https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4904/ Link to bill page]
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