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IT Modernization Under President Trump

By Tobias Naegele

Here’s an issue on which both Republicans and Democrats agree: The federal government’s information technology infrastructure is aging, insecure and in dire need of modernization. But as President-elect Donald Trump and his core advisers race to fill key administration jobs, IT modernization is unlikely to garner much attention.

Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott circulated a draft policy Oct. 27 laying out directions for how CIOs should establish “enterprise roadmaps” for their organizations and prioritize which systems are most in need of replacement. But with a new administration taking over Jan. 20, Scott probably will not issue a final document and instead handoff the draft and any resulting comments to his successor.

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