MEGABYTE Act Seeks to Control Government Software Spending
The federal government is spending billions of dollars on redundant enterprise software licenses. The MEGABYTE Act hopes to put controls in place.The federal government wastes a reported $4 billion a year by poorly managing software licenses. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., hope to remedy this through an act with an admirable intention and acronym, the Making Electronic Government Accountable by Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act, or the MEGABYTE Act. But although MEGABYTE made it on to the June 7 schedule of the Democratic Whip, along with 10 other bills, it doesn't appear to have received attention yet. "Billions of taxpayer dollars could be saved if federal agencies keep track of what software they buy. It's irresponsible they don't do so already," Cassidy said in a Dec. 7 statement, after introducing the legislation to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "Tax dollars could be better used on our troops and our classrooms, not redundant software licenses." He noted in his statement that, according to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, a single office could save $181 million in taxpayer money each year.
The act asks for several actions, including: