FEB 04, 2021 | US
Tech Groups Urge Congress to Add Billions to TMF and Drop Some Repayments
Nextgov, February 3, 2021
By Aaron Boyd
The 12 biggest government-focused technology advocacy groups are urging lawmakers to increase the Technology Modernization Fund by billions of dollars, bolster the managing board with added staff and expertise, and eliminate the repayment structure for projects tackling the pandemic and the recent SolarWinds breaches.
Shortly before taking office, President Joe Biden released the American Rescue Plan, which, among other things, requested Congress add $9 billion to TMF as part of the broader $1.9 trillion spending package.
Wednesday’s letter—signed by the Alliance for Digital Innovation; BSA | The Software Alliance; the Center for Procurement Advocacy, or CPA; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the Computer Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA; the Information Technology Industry Council, or ITI; the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, or INSA; the Internet Association; the National Defense Industrial Association, or NDIA; the Professional Services Council, or PSC; the Security Industry Association, or SIA; and the Software and Information Industry Association, or SIIA—strongly recommended meeting that funding request and making changes to how the fund is managed and operates.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.