By John Lipsey
On July 29, President Obama signed into law the MEGABYTE Act of 2016, otherwise known as the “Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act.” Megabyte requires the Federal CIO to, among other things:
- Develop a comprehensive software licensing policy for managing enterprise software license agreements and commercial software licenses
- Establish a comprehensive inventory of enterprise licenses by identifying and collecting information about software license agreements using automated discovery and inventory tools
- Regularly track and maintain software licenses, establish goals and objectives for the government’s software license management program and consider the software license management life cycle phases to implement effective decision-making
Megabyte represents another significant piece of legislation in a succession of enacted Federal legislation and regulations that supports, encourages and mandates pro-Software Asset Management / Software License Optimization policy and best practices. Other legislation includes:
- The Federal IT Acquisition and Reform Act (FITARA), that among other things requires civilian Federal agencies to ensure compliance with end user agreements as well as enact processes to identify IT duplication, waste, cost savings and to optimize the IT portfolio;
- Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Guidelines on FITARA, which specifies how agencies must comply with FITARA, including appointment of a software manager, compiling and maintaining agency-wide inventories of licenses, and using commercially available IT for SAM and SLO.
- National Defense Authorization Act, which requires military departments' CIOs to conduct a department-wide inventory of selected software licenses to determine utilization and optimization.
- The Intelligence Authorization Act, which directs the CIO of the Intelligence Community (IC) to conduct an inventory of software licenses, including utilized and unutilized licenses, and report the results of the inventory to the Intelligence Community’s CIO.
We applaud the Federal government in putting into place common sense measures to procure and manage software more effectively, so that it buys only what it needs and uses what it has. These are some of the key goals of a mature software asset management and license optimization program.
To learn more, please view our on-demand webinar:
Watch this webinar to:
- Learn about the federal regulations and mandates
- Hear how to translate legislative requirements into an action plan for compliance
- Gain an understanding of the software asset management processes and tools required to meet the mandates
Our speakers include Prentice Norman from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), and Andrew Howell, from Monument Policy Group.