Mike Hettinger, former congressional chief of staff and president of Hettinger Strategy Group and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss which agency proposals might receive funding from the MGT board, and if the fund will receive more money in FY19.
On Sunday’s Government Matters, federal CIO Suzette Kent told Francis Rose that the Technology Modernization Fund Board had selected four agencies to move to the second phase of funding deliberations. While these agencies are unknown as of now, decision-makers across the government are eagerly awaiting more information. “I think Congress wants to see quick wins… [the board] talked about incremental funding, they want to see success, maybe one-month or two-month milestones, as they go forward,” said Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group. “The original guidance said that all 24 CFO’s shall submit projects, now we’re down to seven agencies that went ahead and did that. Definitely bite‑sized nuggets, but we do want to see success and prove that the concept works… we want to see more money, more projects and more funding, and part of that is you have to show success to the Hill, to the appropriations committee.” Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, said that maintaining cashflow to the MGT Fund in the 2019 fiscal year doesn’t lie in project sustainability, but in the approach to Congress. “Emily Murphy and Mick Mulvaney testified in front of the appropriation subcommittees a week ago, and talked about how ‘We want to make sure this is impactful money, this is successful money,’ and using that approach I think directly addresses the fact that we need more money in the MGT fund, but this is what we’ve got for now,” Beutel told Government Matters.