MeriTalk: OMB Nominees Support Fed IT Upgrades, Sail Through Senate Hearing

“Shalanda Young, the deputy director nominee for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Jason S. Miller, nominee for deputy director for management at OMB, breezed through a hearing today in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where they both stated their support for upgrades of a number of Federal IT items.

High on that list of upgrades for committee members is Federal government legacy IT systems.

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., raised the issue at today’s hearing that of the $90 billion the Federal government spent on IT systems last year, $29 billion was spent on maintaining legacy systems…”

“Young said she would commit to modernizing legacy IT systems if confirmed, and also recommended centralizing technology funding in ‘one place,’ such as ‘the Technology Modernization Fund.’…”

“Another Federal IT upgrade that Miller spoke to was not just upgrading IT systems, but also upgrading the Federal workforce. Miller stressed the importance of hiring and retaining a skilled and diverse workforce to meet agencies’ tech missions.

‘Technical talent, both in IT and other places, is going to be a critical element of how we think about the Federal workforce. And one aspect of that needs to be inspiring more Americans to serve. The public service aspect has brought many technologists into the US government,’ Miller said. ‘We need to work with CIOs, make sure we have strong CIOs and agencies, and we’re addressing the need and being flexible and creative.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: OMB Nominees Support Fed IT Upgrades, Sail Through Senate Hearing – By Grace Dille, March 4, 2021. MeriTalk.

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