September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON – The IT Alliance for the Public Sector (ITAPS), a division of ITI, called on Senators to act on federal information technology (IT) modernization after the House of Representatives today unanimously passed the bipartisan Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2016 (MGT Act). The legislation reforms the way government information technology solutions are funded in order to better keep pace with innovation.

"The government's outdated funding system locks federal agencies in a cycle of keeping outdated IT systems going with the digital equivalent of duct tape, instead of investing in the new technologies they need," said Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for the IT Alliance for Public Sector, a division of tech group ITI. "The Modernizing Government Technology Act creates an environment where federal agencies can adopt new technologies like cloud computing and strengthen their cybersecurity. We hope the House’s strong bipartisan approval of the bill compels Senators to act and improve upon this important national security measure."

ITAPS has been following the legislation closely, and urged lawmakers on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to approve the measure in a letter sent last week. Earlier in July the group welcomed the introduction of the MOVE IT Act, an original underlying legislation for the MGT Act approved by the full House today. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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