A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced a bill that aims to help federal agencies useÂ savings from information technology initiatives to fundÂ future IT modernization projects.
Under theÂ Modernizing Government Technology Act, federal agency savings achieved throughÂ IT-related efforts would be placed in aÂ working capital fund that can be used for up to three years for modernizationÂ programs, Rep. Will Hurd’s (R-Texas) office said Friday.
The MGT Act looks to end the “use-it or lose-it approach” thatÂ affects government technology initiatives, the press release stated.
Rep.Â Gerald Connolly (D-Virginia) said the proposed legislation will build on theÂ Federal IT Acquisition and Reform ActÂ (FITARA)Â and help agencies retainÂ potential savings fromÂ FITARA to support cloud migration efforts.
Hurd and Connolly introduced the bill with Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Illinois).
In a letter published Friday, CSRA President and CEO Larry Prior toldÂ leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its information technology subcommittee that heÂ supports the MGT Act and believes the bill would help strengthen cybersecurity of government networks.
A group of senators led by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) alsoÂ proposed companion legislation in the Senate.