Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group, and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss the latest number for the Technology Modernization Fund’s FY19 budget, and why it’s a message to the White House.
The Technology Modernization Fund still has a little bit of money left after announcing six IT projects last year, but they would need more funding to keep the pace up. While the latest House funding bill still allocates money for the TMF, it’s only one-fourth as much as they received in FY18. Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group, says that the slashed funding is a sign from both houses of Congress. “We started this discussion at 3 billion dollars. We’ve obviously moved far off of that. There are a lot of questions in the eyes of Congress on how this fund has been working,” Hettinger said. “They’ve asked for more transparency and I think what we see with $25 million… that looks like a request by Congress to, you know, get more transparency, get more information from the administration before we move forward.” Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, says that Congress needs to step up their support of the MGT Act. “Remember, IT Modernization is a national security imperative, and anything that could slow or delay the government’s move to a more secure infrastructure is a problem,” Beutel said. “The new FITARA scorecard had added MGT Act compliance as one of the metrics on it. So, I think this needs to be a significant oversight topic going forward into the new Congress.”