GSA preps for new modernization fund

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Although the General Services Administration can't yet get to work actually managing the fund that agencies will use to modernize IT systems, GSA is preparing as much as it can to ensure it is ready to roll when the money comes in.

Bill Zielinski, deputy assistant commissioner for GSA's Office of Technology Category in the Federal Acquisition Service, said his agency will "be ready from day one" to support the Technology Modernization Fund board, once funds are appropriated.

The administration is seeking $210 million to bankroll the TMF, which was authorized under the Modernizing Government Technology Act.

GSA is charged with supporting the seven-member Technology Modernization Fund Board that will evaluate agency IT modernization plans and authorize TMF funding, Zielinski said at a Feb. 22 conference hosted by ACT-IAC.

Under a draft planning memo obtained by FCW, the board will include the federal CIO, a senior GSA official, a member of the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate and four at-large members appointed by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. All project proposals are subject to the board's evaluation and approval.

The agency's $50 billion next-generation telecommunications vehicle, the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract, is harmonizing with the overall push to modernize federal IT, Zielinski said. (At a recent roundtable discussion hosted by FCW, several agency officials similarly said they were looking to leverage EIS for their modernization efforts.)

"The administration sees EIS as an essential" to IT modernization work, he said.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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