Senators Ask Congress for More Funds to Help US Digital Service, TTS Back States, Local Governments

A group of 16 senators has called on congressional leaders to allocate more funds for the Office of Management and Budget’s U.S. Digital Service and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Technology Transformation Service to help state and local governments address information technology challenges as they administer federal assistance programs to citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawmakers want Congress to include in any upcoming measure a $50 million emergency appropriation for the OMB IT Oversight and Reform Fund to help USDS recruit additional skilled technologists and $25 million for the Federal Citizen’s Services Fund to support TTS’ recruitment efforts, the senators wrote in a letter dated Wednesday.

The letter was signed by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), a three-time Wash100 Awardee, Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and 13 other lawmakers. They also urged Congress to streamline or waive regulatory restrictions that prevent TTS and USDS from working with state and local governments as well as encourage the two tech agencies to prioritize projects related to COVID-19.

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