Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott shared a few more clues about the guidance and metrics of the administration’s plan to modernize the government’s aging IT infrastructure.
IDC Government found the federal government spends almost four times as much on technology per employee on average than other industries.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is supporting both the centralized and decentralized approaches to address the need to get rid of legacy technology systems.
Lawmakers are offering the Modernizing Obsolete and Vulnerable Enterprise IT (MOVE-IT) Act as an alternative to the White House’s $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund proposal to help agencies update technology networks and applications.
Hillary Clinton’s technology and innovation initiative pledges a more modern and open digital government. The policy plan also supports the creation of more STEM jobs and increased internet access.
A legislative assistant for Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), one of the key players on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said members are warming to the administration’s idea to develop a $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund. But he said some members of Congress are debating other alternatives to the fund.
Commerce Department CIO Steven Cooper says he’d like to see more flexibility when it comes to acquisition and collaboration with industry. One way to get it, he says, is through added language in the IT Modernization Fund.
Keith Trippie, the CEO of The Trippie Group LLC and a public sector board member of Acquia, says agencies should follow the lead of dating, travel and insurance companies and have an “easy” button for system modernization.
The 8½ inch floppy disk held up at the recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was good theater, but it doesn’t tell the entire story of the state of old technology in the government.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is particularly concerned by a penetration test the Homeland Security Department performed on the Social Security Administration’s IT systems last summer, when testers gained access to personally identifiable information while they were inside. SSA did not share the findings of that report with its inspector general.