FEB 04, 2021 | US
Tech Leads Broad Industry Coalition Urging Inclusion of IT Upgrade Funds in COVID Relief Package
Inside Cybersecurity, February 4, 2021
By Sara Friedman
Major trade groups representing the technology and other sectors are urging lawmakers to preserve $9 billion in proposed funding for IT modernization in the COVID-19 package now beginning to work its way through Congress.
“Funding and some tweaking on how the program works will make it more effective,” BSA’s Craig Albright told Inside Cybersecurity. “It is not surprising that it takes a couple of years or longer to get a program fine tuned that has the kind of impact that this fund can have.”
Albright said there is bipartisan support to modernize IT systems in the next stage of COVID relief legislation, referencing a $2 billion proposal for updating unemployment insurance systems that states use to administer benefits in a GOP plan put out by a group of senators on Sunday.
“Modernizing IT is already showing up in multiple proposals for the next COVID response legislation so there is a lot of interest among industry in trying to get support for modernizing IT in this next bill,” Albright said.
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。