The Biden administration would add more money to the Technology Modernization Fund, a funding vehicle for federal technology modernization projects, if Congress passes the appropriations that match the White House’s budget request. Individual agencies would get more money too.
- Former Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said agencies should budget for replacement costs of IT systems to avoid technical debt, incurred when assets are not upgraded or replaced.
- Scott said failure to keep hardware current, patch operating systems or conduct other upgrades often occurs in time or budget crunches.
- This inaction negatively impacts mission delivery in terms of responding to customer needs, adapting to new regulations and other areas, Scott explained.