The Clinger-Cohen Act includes two U.S. laws that were passed together as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996. It is intended to establish an approach for acquisition, management and disposal of information resources.
The Clinger–Cohen Act supplements the information resources management policies by establishing a comprehensive approach for executive agencies to improve the acquisition and management of their information resources, by:
- Focusing information resource planning to support their strategic missions
- Implementing a capital planning and investment control process that links to budget formulation and execution
- Rethinking and restructuring the way they do their work before investing in information systems.
The Act directed the development and maintenance of Information Technology Architectures by federal agencies to maximize the benefits of information technology within the U.S. government.
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