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House Panel OKs Amendment to Add $3B for Federal IT Modernization; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

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Rep. Gerry Connolly
Rep. Gerry Connolly

The House Oversight and Reform Committee (HORC) has included in its markup of fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation package an amendment that would allocate $3 billion in funds for federal information technology modernization efforts.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, proposed the amendment that would set aside $2 billion for the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Citizen Services Fund and $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund.

The measure would also earmark $350 million for the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) IT oversight and reform account, which is used to help fund the U.S. Digital Service’s staffing requirements.

“The fate of the world’s largest economy rises and falls with the ability of government IT systems to deliver in an emergency and as we recover into the future. And that should galvanize us all,” Connolly said in a statement.