“The Customs and Border Protection agency is tapping into the Technology Modernization Fund to update its system for tracking and processing all imported goods, built 30 years ago using a 60-year-old coding language.”
“The TMF—established in 2018 as part of the Modernizing Government Technology Act—acts as a central fund for much-needed technology upgrades. Agencies and programs can apply to the TMF Board for funds, which are then repaid over three to five years. Board representatives have said they focus on high-impact projects with the potential to scale or inform other agencies’ modernization efforts.”
“On Tuesday, the board and TMF program office—housed within the General Services Administration—announced CBP was awarded $15 million for its Automated Commercial Environment Collections Modernization project.”
“’This project will help CBP improve customs enforcement, revenue collections, and trade protections, which will result in long-term benefits to the agency, partner government agencies, the trade community, and the American public,’ according to a statement Tuesday announcing the award. ‘The significance of this project is paramount in enabling lawful international trade, especially during this dynamic trade environment…’”
“The latest award is the 10th since the fund’s inception, and the first announced in 2020. The last two awards—$8 million for the Agriculture Department and $ million to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—were announced in October. The first nine projects total $101 million in awards.”
“With Tuesday’s announcement of the $15 million award, the fund—currently capped at $150 million—has $34 million remaining…” Read the full article here.
Source: CBP Gets $15M from Modernization Fund to Ditch Its Last Mainframe – By Aaron Boyd, July 28, 2020. Nextgov.