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Lawmakers Introduce Legislative Option to Modernize Agency IT Systems

A legislative alternative to the White House’s proposed $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund has been introduced in both the House and Senate. Instead of the General Services Administration (GSA) administering installments of funds to agencies, the Modernizing Outdated and Vulnerable Equipment and Information Technology Act of 2016, or MOVE IT, would direct individual agencies to use “IT working capital funds” to replace outdated IT systems.

The bipartisan legislation proposes that capital funds be sourced by reprogramming or transferring existing funds that are currently used for the operation and maintenance of legacy systems. These reprogrammed and transferred funds could then only be used to transition to cloud computing and other modern platforms to replace current legacy IT systems. For projects over $5 million, approval from the U.S. chief information officer would be required in addition to transition plans.

Additionally, under this proposed legislation, agencies would be rewarded for activities such as closing legacy data centers.

MOVE IT would also expand authorities within the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) office to streamline accreditations for industry groups and vendors. It also calls for increased transparency between the FedRAMP office and vendors, in addition to the creation of a public-private industry cloud commercial working group which would be composed of government officials and representatives from cloud service providers.

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