May 02, 2017

WASHINGTON – The IT Alliance for the Public Sector (ITAPS), a division of ITI, urged the House of Representatives to act on bipartisan legislation unanimously approved today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that will help federal agencies in the wake of the OPM cyber-attacks adopt new technologies like cloud computing and other innovative technologies as well as strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities. In a letter to lawmakers sent before the committee markup, ITAPS said the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017 (MGT Act, H.R. 6004) introduced by Reps. Will Hurd (D-Tex.) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) brings needed reforms the way government funds acquiring information technology (IT) and for the government to better keep pace with innovation.

“The time is ripe to transform the way the federal government acquires IT, and this bipartisan legislation is a substantial step toward that transformation,” said Senior Vice President for Public Sector Trey Hodgkins. “IT modernization is the key to increasing cybersecurity for government networks, without it, the government cannot acquire the technology and services it needs because it is trapped in a funding cycle where it spends $60 billion just to sustain the systems that it has. We thank the House Oversight Committee for acting quickly on this bill and urge congressional leadership to bring the MGT Act before the full House for a vote this month.”

ITAPS welcomed the introduction of the MGT Act last week and has been advocating for Congress to act on the issue, most recently last month before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. Before that, the group offered its recommendations to the Trump administration on steps needed to modernize IT, reform acquisition processes, and improve cybersecurity at federal agencies including proposing an immediate inventory and assessment of federal IT systems and a systemic approach to modernize out-of-date technologies.

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