WITH ONLY $100M IN FUNDS, WILL MGT ACT HAVE A MODERNIZATION IMPACT?
While most of us would like to have $100 million to spend on upgrading whatever we’d like, the fact is that it’s a small number when applied to the massive need for updating outdated federal IT. In addition, while much has been written about the funds in the trade press, anecdotal evidence suggests that many government CIO-types don’t know much about it. Contractors will have to play a major role in educating customers on the fund and its possible uses, helping draft fund applications, and managing projects that may receive funding. Former federal CIO Tony Scott believes that the smaller dollars will, indeed, allow for some progress to be made. “…while small compared to the size of the problem, it will allow for some projects to be funded and prove out the underlying concepts.” Scott said recently. Money from the fund is open to any agency that applies to — and receives approval from — the seven-member TMF board, which will evaluate proposals, recommend funding and provide oversight for approved modernization projects. Don’t assume that your IT customers knows more about this fund than its name. Be proactive and show how innovation can be uniquely funded to move projects that would otherwise languish waiting for money.