FCW: OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions

“Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat told stakeholders on Thursday the TMF board was continuing to meet twice a week and had added new members after announcing repayment guidelines earlier this year which allow for partial repayment on projects seeking to improve cybersecurity posture, modernize high-priority systems or address cross-government services and missions.

‘The flexibility in repayment has really been a game changer,’ Roat said at IBM’s Think Gov Digital 2021 event, noting how projects tasked with improving cyber posture rarely yield tangible savings or cost avoidance.

Roat said the board was impressed with the number of proposals it had received for projects in recent months, and was continuing to review new submissions in an expedited fashion despite a June deadline for agencies hoping to have their projects fast-tracked for approval. Those proposals have ‘run the gamut’ across four main priorities outlined in the updated guidance, she added: modernizing high-priority systems, cybersecurity, public-facing digital services and cross-government services…”

“Bajinder Paul, deputy CIO at the United States Department of Agriculture, said his agency submitted a TMF initiative that cuts across mission areas to support those in both the public and private sector, including farmers and ranchers across the country.

‘I think the biggest issue was the repayment,’ Paul said at the event, adding: ‘The flexibility has really gone a long way in enabling us.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions – By Chris Riotta, July 15, 2021. FCW.

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