May 2, 2017
Next Gov - Frank Konkel
IT Modernization Bill Sails Through House Committee

Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader

As our lives race further into the digital age the information systems that command how government serves the people are stuck in the past. Will Hurd’s legislation restructures the governments’ flawed approach to IT and could set off a new era of constituent-first government service. This legislation is fundamental to the efforts of the Innovation Initiative to modernize government and I will schedule it for floor consideration as soon as it advances from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The bill would create working capital funds of reprogrammed savings within CFO Act agencies. For example, if an agency retires old systems or moves IT to the cloud, it could allocate what it saves in operation and maintenance expenses to a fund for future modernization efforts for up to three years.

“This eliminates the traditional ‘use it or lose it’ approach that has plagued IT for years,” Hurd said.

Added Connolly, who co-authored the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, the working capital funds incentivize agencies and chief information officers to modernize their systems—something no legislation has truly done before

The following articles provide some background on the Modernizing Government Technology Act

Modernizing Government Technology Act

But "they get it," Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, whose IT modernization legislation is up for a House vote in the coming weeks, told reporters during a press gaggle Tuesday. He met with some of the members including Cordish and technology aide Matt Lira, and they have been "helpful in articulating how they want to use this new tool," Hurd said.

Hurd's Modernizing Government Technology Act, which Tuesday made it through a House oversight committee markup with no amendments and unanimous support, would create working capital funds at individual agencies that could be used for modernization efforts. It would also create a governmentwide fund agencies could apply to for additional money.

Meetings with the office helped Hurd's staff tweak the language of the bill—and Trump's team has been concerned about federal technology since the presidential transition, Hurd explained.

“To me, the meat of this bill is the working capital funds,” Hurd said. “It gives chief information officers of 24 CFO Act agencies the ability to be innovative. This isn’t a one-size fits all solution, we want to make sure those agencies that want to innovate are well-positioned.”

Under the rules, savings agencies realize by replacing legacy products with new technologies like cloud computing could be placed in a working capital fund for up to three years. Agencies can use those funds for future modernization efforts rather than lose them.

The bill also calls for the creation of a central fund through which agencies could borrow from to spur their modernization efforts. The administrator of that fund would be the Technology Transformation Service commissioner, a position within the General Services Administration now occupied by Rob Cook. The commissioner will oversee a new board charged with reviewing agency’s modernization plans and doling out funds if they are appropriated.

“TTS has proven they can be innovative and we want someone who will administer the centralized fund recognizes the importance of innovation in government,” Hurd said.

May 2, 2017
Next Gov - Mohana Ravindranath
'They Get It,' Lawmaker Says of Trump's Innovation Office

April 28, 2017
U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas)
Chairman
House Information Technology Subcommittee
BREAKING: Hurd's MGT Act Will Transform Government IT

Sponsor U.S. Representative Will Hurd

Texas
Chairman
House Information Technology Subcommittee


Co-Sponsors

Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]
Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10]
Rep. Yoder, Kevin [R-KS-3]
Rep. Taylor, Scott [R-VA-2]
Rep. Granger, Kay [R-TX-12]
Rep. McCarthy, Kevin [R-CA-23] 
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5] 
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10]
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] 
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] 
Rep. Issa, Darrell E. [R-CA-49] 
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] 


Sponsor Senator Jerry Moran 

Kansas


Co-Sponsors

Senator Tom Udall [D-NM]
Seator Steve Daines [R-MT]
Senator Mark Warner [D-VA]