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January 5, 2018

The Federal IT community received a welcome holiday gift on December 12, when President Trump signed into law the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT) as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The final legislation combined Rep. Will Hurd’s Modernizing Outdated and Vulnerable Equipment and Information Technology with Steny Hoyer’s Information Technology Modernization Act. 

Federal IT leaders will begin to unpack the Act’s contents in the New Year. We asked several of our CSRA thought leaders for their take on what changes MGT might begin to bring in 2018. Here's what they had to say:

The MGT Act provides a positive step for agencies to modernize legacy systems and infrastructure. How the government technology leaders utilize the Act is the bigger question. Most of 2018 will be around understanding the Act, establishing the Technology Modernization Fund, and kicking off the Technology Modernization Board. Agencies that already have working capital funds (WCF) have the advantage of understanding the intricacies and workings of a WCF and might be the first ones to use the funds.” 
     ‒ Neil Kronimus, Digital Adoption Director

The MGT Act will impact federal IT leaders in 2018 by increasing the priority and importance of modernizing legacy systems to ensure greater security, efficiency, capability, and quality of service while establishing the foundation to support the evolving new technologies and cloud-based platforms for the future.” 
     ‒ Jun Choi, Enterprise Business Solutions Director

The Act may provide some customers more headway in modernizing IT with a related improvement in cybersecurity posture.” 
     – Ben Gianni, Chief Technology Officer, Intelligence Group

The MGT Act will provide a much-needed avenue for federal agency CTOs and CFOs to explore and procure next-generation optimized technologies. This is a major step in providing much needed funding to deploy newer technologies while simultaneously exiting from more expensive outdated technologies.” 
     ‒ Doug Carlson, Director - Government Cloud Services

Transparency, security and cost recovery are key elements of this Act. These crucial elements will empower agencies to go beyond reacting to today’s issues and focus on proactively transforming mission services leveraging next-generation technologies.” 
     ‒ Gary Slebrch, Director Digital Platform Services

We expect to hear much more about the MGT Act roll out in the year ahead and will continue to follow its impact.