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House Lawmakers Seek Additional $1B for Tech Modernization Fund in Pandemic Relief Measure

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Several lawmakers have called on House leaders to allocate an additional $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund as the lower chamber prepares to work on the next COVID-19 relief package with the Senate.

“Throughout this global health crisis, millions of Americans facing illness, unemployment, food insecurity, and an inability to pay their mortgages or rent have looked to the federal government for help.

Yet despite urgent Congressional action to provide unprecedented levels of economic assistance, those in need have had their misery exacerbated by a broken IT infrastructure that has prevented them from receiving timely support,” a group of House lawmakers wrote in the July 24 letter.

They urged the House leadership to include in the upcoming relief measure the funding for TMF to help federal agencies modernize their IT systems to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and address the economic needs of American families.

The letter was signed by 11 lawmakers led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.), chairman of the House Oversight’s government operations subcommittee.