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Tony Scott: $3B in Federal IT Systems to Become Obsolete by 2019

Tony Scott
Tony Scott

U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott estimates that more than $3 billion in information technology equipment currently used across the federal government will reach the end of their product lifecycle over the next three years, Fedscoop reported Tuesday.

Shaun Waterman writes Scott told audience at a Brocade-hosted federal forum held Tuesday in Washington that he came up with the estimate after he surveyed a few of the government’s large IT suppliers.

He said there will be “no more patches, no more… upgrades, no more spare parts, no longer official support from the companies” for outdated systems, according to the report.

The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday that he called on government officials and industry executives to support a proposal to establish a $3.1 billion modernization fund for agencies’ legacy IT systems.

“I think it’s time to dismount from past practices and modernize,” Scott was quoted as saying by The Hill.

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