How to write a successful proposal to the TMF Board

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Tony Scott, former federal CIO and senior data privacy & cybersecurity adviser at Squire Patton Boggs, discusses what a successful proposal to the Technology Modernization Fund Board would look like, and why management support is important to securing funds.


The Technology Modernization Fund Board is in charge of distributing the $500 million in technology funds provided by the MGT Act to agencies.  However, TMF Board Member Maria Roat told Government Matters that the plans most likely to get funding are highly detailed and incremental in nature. How can agencies be sure that their plans make the grade? According to Tony Scott, former federal CIO and senior data privacy & cybersecurity adviser at Squire Patton Boggs, a successful proposal should hit a few big points.

“The things I would add are a clear demonstration of senior management support for the project, one that demonstrates a good business case,” Scott told Government Matters. “I think applications that are customer or citizen facing will be highly attractive. If the proposal addresses a material cyber vulnerability that the agency may feel strongly about. I think that’s a good winning thing. Probably most importantly, I would make sure that the proposal has clear goals in alignment with the primary mission of the agency. I think those are all really strong winning attributes for a proposal.”