Congress has returned to Washington, D.C., and the city has begun its brisk autumn cadence. A full agenda awaits both Congress and the Administration—from funding the government’s regular business to emergency relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. CSRA hopes that key leaders continue to focus on IT modernization in order to make the best use of the taxpayer dollar and make our government more efficient and effective for the American people.
Setting the stage, the American Technology Council (ATC) last week issued its initial Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization. Two primary themes emerge: First, cloud—specifically, enabling agencies to acquire commercial cloud products that meet high cybersecurity standards; and 2) shared services expansion.
The council is seeking public comment in a few key areas:
- What should be included in or excluded from the targeted vision, the plan for network modernization and consolidation, and the plan for implementing shared services to enable future architectures?
- The feasibility of the proposed acquisition pilot
The report gives the public sector and its private-sector partners a lot to consider. CSRA looks forward to contributing our next-gen cloud, cyber, and shared and managed services expertise to the conversation and helping forge the path forward.
Congress is expected to resume its work on The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, which aims to accelerate IT modernization, including the adoption of cloud and other managed services through the creation of a $500 million revolving central fund. This approach is intended to incentive federal investments in IT, allowing agencies to reinvest their own savings.
On the cyber front, critical milestones outlined in the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure are approaching. The Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce will present their recommendations for how to “support the growth and sustainment of the Nation’s cybersecurity workforces in both the public and private sectors.”
Under these parameters, cybersecurity education is set to move to the forefront and extend beyond the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities. Government agencies and private-sector partners will require expertise on creating strategies for educating and continuously re-educating the cybersecurity workforce today and into the future—all while, delivering those curriculums and programs at scale. The CSRA Cyber Institute and Defense Cyber Investigations Training (DCITA) courses offer some of the industry’s most comprehensive programs.
With existing policies evolving and new policies in development, the possibility for comprehensive government IT modernization is greater than ever before. As Congress makes its return, the government needs to be prepared to continue the momentum for IT modernization, which will ultimately improve the government’s networks and IT infrastructure, save money and resources, and create a more secure federal cyber environment.