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The IT Modernization Bill lives!

According to NextGov, Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) will reintroduce the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act this week. Hurd, with Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia), originally sponsored MGT in September 2016 to tackle the Federal Government’s aging IT infrastructure. The previous administration had proposed a $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund to address the fact that up to 90% of agency IT budgets go to legacy system sustainment. The Office of Science and Technology Policy issued an exit memo (no longer available on the White House website) with 10 actions to address technology challenges. It will be interesting to see whether the new bill offers specific implementation action items. Last year, the House passed the MGT Act, but time ran out and it never passed the Senate. At the time, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that implementation would cost $9 billion from 2017–2021. The new bill is likely to create working IT … Continue reading The IT Modernization Bill lives!

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