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Natural disaster resilience planning would need to be incorporated into asset management. Image: LO Kin-hei/Shutterstock.com

The House has joined the Senate in passing a bill (S-3510) to require federal agencies to take disaster resilience into account when investing in and managing property and assets.

The bill would require OMB to issue guidance on how to incorporate natural disaster resilience into those decisions, require it to work with the GAO and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on helping agencies identify potential gaps in their disaster resilience prevention efforts, and require reporting to Congress on implementation.

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The bill is a response to a report GAO issued last year saying that while a Biden administration executive order told agencies to develop a climate action plan describing their vulnerabilities, neither that order nor later OMB guidance require agencies to use the information collected to make investment decisions. Sponsors said that where agencies have used that information for that purpose, they have achieved benefits, for example with buildings that have been able to withstand otherwise damaging hurricanes.

The House meanwhile has passed HR-2250, to require that before obligating funding for IT projects, the VA would have to produce a report on the cost, schedule and performance to be used as a baseline against which changes or variances are measured and reported on during the life cycle of the project.

Projects further would have to be managed by an interdisciplinary team that includes a certified project manager, a functional lead, a technical lead, a contracting officer, and other appropriate personnel. The bill also would require the department to assess all of its IT investments to determine the suitability for migration to a cloud computing service.

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