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GSA’s David Shive: Agencies Need to Modernize IT Systems Even Without Legislation

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David Shive
David Shive

David Shive, chief information officer of the General Services Administration, has said federal agencies should update legacy systems whether or not Congress takes legislative action on the matter, Nextgov reported Friday.

Frank Konkel writes Shive, who also serves as acting commissioner at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, described the White House’s proposed bill to create a $3.1 billion governmentwide Information Technology Modernization Fund as “sound and solid.”

“But if ITMF if not passed, it does not negate the need to modernize IT in government,” Shive told a GSA-hosted industry event Thursday, according to the report.

“All the smart people who exist in government and our industry partners alongside us will have to think of creative ways to make modernization happen.”

The report said a group of lawmakers introduced a competing bill that would require agencies to set up their own IT working capital funds.

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