Democratic Congressman Pledges to Keep Up the Push for Modernized Federal IT System

    Mar 07, 2017

    At least one Democratic lawmaker intends to keep pushing for the modernization of federal IT, despite the change in administrations, according to NextGov.com.

    In February, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said he would reintroduce a bill that would establish working capital funds in federal agencies to support technology modernization initiatives and to create a pool of monies that other agencies could apply for.

    During the Obama administration, Tony Scott, federal CIO, proposed a $3.1 billion fund for IT modernization. The ensuing bill, The Modernizing Government Technology Act, which Connolly co-sponsored with Rep. Will Hurd, R-Tex, received approval in the House but stalled in the Senate.

    At an event in Washington, Connolly told an audience that there would be continuity in the effort: “We're going to be boringly disciplined in pursuing this."

    The deputy CIO of the National Archives and Records Administration, Maron Andrews, said the proposed legislation does not allocate new funds to agencies. He called it “a good attempt to give you a vehicle to prioritize” when deciding on what to modernize, but he suggested the agencies would still be required to pay back those dollars.


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