Trade groups renew bid for IT funding in stimulus
- By Mark Rockwell
- Jun 29, 2020
A group of tech associations urged senators not to forget money to help with federal IT modernization efforts that could help the government better deal with the outbreak when considering future COVID-19 relief.
In a June 29 letter to Senate leaders, the Alliance for Digital Innovation, BSA-The Software Alliance, Coalition for Procurement Advocacy, CompTIA, Cybersecurity Coalition, Information Technology Industry Council, and the Internet Association.
The groups asked that the Senate consider putting a higher priority on IT and cybersecurity funding in any upcoming legislative package, including putting more money into the Technology Modernization Fund, a revolving pot of multi-year funding authorized for moving legacy systems to the cloud and managed services.
The groups asked the Senate to match the $1 billion TMF infusion passed by the House of Representatives in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act in May. The HEROES Act is a massive $3 trillion relief bill designed to continue unemployment insurance expansion and cover costs of cash-starved state and local governments during the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. The Republican-controlled Senate has yet to take up the bill, but may look to deal piecemeal with some of its provisions.
"This will enable the government to quickly and effectively leverage commercial capabilities and services that are vital to maintaining operations, deprecating legacy systems and improving the abilities of agencies to manage IT resources effectively throughout changing circumstances," the letter states.
The groups also proposed a set of principles for IT modernization to support telework, state and local operations, cybersecurity and federal agency upgrades.
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, tele.com 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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