FedScoop: What makes a good TMF proposal? Maria Roat has some tips

“If you want to score money under the Technology Modernization Fund, you’re going to need to catch the attention of the TMF Board. And the best way to do that, Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat says, is to really key in on a solid business case and get to the point.

‘It’s about a business case, right — the CIO, the CFO, the mission and the alignment,’ Roat said Thursday during IBM’s Think Gov 2021 event, produced by FedScoop. ‘And the initial project proposals need to get to the point.’…”

“’When you look at the questions [in the project proposal template], one of them is specifically about technology,’ she said. ‘The rest of the questions are broadly about the business of what this proposal is, and what are those measures and what are those outcomes you’re trying to achieve? So the board is looking for the mission alignment, that it’s mission-focused — the partnership with the CFO, with the business owner. It’s not about an IT thing … it’s about solving a hard business problem. And this is where a thoughtfully crafted business case comes in.’

Often, the board receives proposals filled with extraneous information that doesn’t detail the actual work an agency hopes to get funded, Roat said. ‘Too often people are going on about their agencies. We know who your agency is, we know who you are. And if we’ve never heard of you, heaven forbid, we’ll go look it up. But you have to get to the point.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: What makes a good TMF proposal? Maria Roat has some tips – By Billy Mitchell, July 15, 2021. FedScoop.

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