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Federal CIO Suzette Kent on Technology Modernization Fund

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Suzette Kent
Suzette Kent

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, discussed at a conference the Technology Modernization Fund and how the federal government funds information technology transformation initiatives through TMF, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

“Coming in from the private sector, one of the very interesting things [in government] was the concept of talking about transformation, but getting that done with one-year money,” she said at Pegasystems’ Government Empowered Conference. “Those things don’t work really well together. A broad and bold vision for transformation in many agencies, whether it’s a micro-journey or something bigger than that, often takes more time.”

Chief data officers, chief financial officers and other C-suite officials at federal agencies identified “common learnings” from IT projects funded through TMF and Kent said agencies can apply those lessons in future initiatives.

“Every one of the initiatives had some element that was an all-of-government benefit,” Kent said. “What that means is a playbook came out of it, a tool for reuse, or it was a particular type of initiative where one agency started and others contributed.”