Commentary: Former OMB Administrator Mark Forman on IT Modernization for the COVID era

“The need to modernize federal IT is hardly new. But, to keep up with the rapidly-evolving demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clearer now than ever that decision-makers in Congress and the Administration need to rethink how they fund, prioritize, and pursue IT modernization.”

“On August 3, 10 agencies are set to respond to Sen. Maggie Hassan’s request for IT modernization plans, a request the senator has linked to vulnerabilities exposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During August, agencies will also submit draft IT plans for 2021-2022 to the Office of Management and Budget, as required in Circular A-11.”

“Crises are clarifying events, and the pandemic is making clear the limits of IT systems built for a different era. The massive government activity needed to respond to COVID-19 has revealed that aged applications constrain even agencies that rapidly adopted cloud computing as…” Read the full article here.

Source: IT modernization for the COVID era – By Mark Forman, July 30, 2020. FCW.

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