May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – The IT Alliance for the Public Sector (ITAPS), a division of technology trade group ITI, called on the U.S. Senate to act on the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, bipartisan legislation passed unanimously today by the House of Representatives that will help federal agencies modernize vulnerable computer systems and adopt new cutting edge technologies in the wake of the 2015 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) cyber-attacks. ITAPS told House lawmakers it considered the MGT Act a key vote before it was brought to the floor for consideration, saying the bill brings long-overdue reforms to the way government funds information technology (IT) acquisition and helps the government keep better pace with private-sector innovation.

“The MGT Act is needed to break the cycle that traps the government in funding outdated IT systems that are a risk to our national security instead of investing in the new technologies it needs to ensure cybersecurity,” Senior Vice President for Public Sector Trey Hodgkins said. “The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) favorable score confirms that the MGT Act can be an effective tool to incentivize federal government IT modernization without creating new burdens for the taxpayer. We hope the House’s strong bipartisan approval of the bill and the CBO score validating the MGT's potential compels the Senate to pass this important national security measure.”

ITAPS has been advocating to advance the legislation over the past two years, and in April called for lawmakers to act on the legislation in a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. 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including proposing an immediate inventory and assessment of federal IT systems and a systemic approach to modernize out-of-date technologies.

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Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Public Sector