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White House Plans IT Modernization Center of Excellence

The White House has partnered with the Agriculture Department, General Services Administration and the information technology industry to create an IT modernization center of excellence, Nextgov reported Thursday.

The CoE will be established to help federal agencies in efforts to modernize legacy IT systems and will build off of a modernization plan the White House American Technology Council unveiled Wednesday.

Joanne Collins Smee, head of the GSA’s technology transformation service, told NextGov the facility to be housed at the agency will manage function-based talent, service and acquisition vehicles.

The report noted USDA will serve as the center’s testbed with the intent to transform customer services.

USDA plans to implement a two-phase modernization effort that will cover strategy and planning development and implementation processes.

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