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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.

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Original Posting: https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2021/02/tech-groups-urge-congress-add-billions-tmf-and-drop-some-repayments/171828/

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