Federal News Network: Federal CIO Martorana: $1B TMF lets agencies ‘apply for projects that previously were out of their reach’

“With the release of the new guidance last week for agencies to submit proposals to receive some of the $1 billion in the Technology Modernization Fund, Federal Chief Information Officer Clare Martorana issued her first major policy decision that her fellow CIOs, industry and especially Congress will be watching the implementation of closely…”

“Martorana offered some insights through email responses to Federal News Network questions about the TMF guidance, the board’s plans and why agencies should apply for the additional money…”

“Federal News Network: How do you think the changes make applying for the TMF more appetizing for agencies?

Clare Martorana: The repayment flexibility model was designed to make it easier for agencies to access the $1 billion appropriated to the TMF to meet the urgent cybersecurity and IT modernization demands that we need. Now, agencies can apply for projects that previously were out of their reach…”

“The idea that Martorana espoused, that the expanded TMF lets agencies apply for funding for projects that were previously out of reach, is both the biggest opportunity and the biggest challenge.

Gordon Bitko, a former FBI CIO and now senior vice president for policy at the IT Industry Council, said there is a sense of urgency to get the money out the door, but it will require a lot of thought, too.

‘I think we will see agencies that are well positioned because they have modernization plans that are already in flight and this is an opportunity to tweak or accelerate it,’ he said. ‘We will also see others who haven’t really been as effective in thinking about modernization may be starting from scratch to get proposals to the TMF board.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Federal CIO Martorana: $1B TMF lets agencies ‘apply for projects that previously were out of their reach’ – By Jason Miller, May 11, 2021. Federal News Network.


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