OMB announces board to oversee IT modernization funds

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The Modernizing Government Technology Act provides $250 million in 2018 and 2019 to update federal I.T. systems, but allocating that money is no easy feat. The Office of Management and Budget has appointed a 7-person board, made up of people from multiple agencies and offices, to oversee this working capital and make sure it goes to the right people.

“If you look at the three agencies that were picked they are customer service oriented,” Karen Evans, former head of I.T. at OMB and national director at U.S. Cyber Challenge. “Very outwardly focused, and have to really look at what the solutions are that provide good customer service to their constituents.”

Evans’ is excited that the funds are set up at the agency-level, because new strategies mean that oversight might be easier than ever.

“This is going to be a joint partnership between OMB and Congress,” Evans said. “That’s really what has been lacking in the past. Congress holds OMB accountable because they’re in a centralized place, OMB then has to turn that around to the agencies.”

“There’s going to be a new code in the system which means that you’re going to be able to track the dollars…and Congress wants to see if this approach will work.”