Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat: Investments in long-term modernization key to change in Federal agencies

“Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat this week shared success stories of accelerated IT modernization during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and across the Federal government, while emphasizing the importance of programs such as the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) to continue long-term modernization…”

“Funds provided through pandemic relief legislation – namely, the CARES Act – have supported agency modernization efforts in the short term to keep up with the changing landscape. This funding, according to Roat, allowed agencies move very quickly. But, she emphasized, investments in long-term modernization are key to ‘continuing to drive change across the Federal government.’”

“Roat talked about TMF and the IT working capital funds established by the Modernizing Government Technology Act as examples of how agencies can invest in long-term modernization efforts. Through those initiatives, she said, money can be used to sustain modernization for several years as opposed to relying on the ‘one-year buckets’ of annual appropriations…” Read the full article here.

Source: Deputy Fed CIO Roat Targets TMF, MGT Act Money to Speed Modernization – By Katie Malone, July 15, 2020. MeriTalk.

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