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Chairman Connolly Issues Statement on New Technology Modernization Fund Investments Funded by the American Rescue Plan

Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, released the following statement after the General Services Administration (GSA) announced new investments as part of the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), including more than $2.5 million in funding for the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission and nearly $6 million in funding for the U.S. Selective Service System.  These investments, funded by the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in March 2021, will help modernize the customer experience and improve the agencies’ operations.

“Today’s TMF awards are another important step in bringing our federal IT into the 21st century,” said Chairman Connolly.  “The pandemic has demonstrated that if the technology infrastructure for delivering federal assistance is unreliable or unavailable, then no amount of policy or expertise, political will, or subject matter expertise will help our constituents in need.  These IT investments will modernize legacy systems and help us craft the workforce we need to drive government into the digital government future.”

On April 13, 2021, Chairman Connolly, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and several Committee members sent a letter to GSA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting that the Administration develop a plan for prioritizing projects to fund with the $1 billion Congress appropriated for the TMF in the American Rescue Plan.

Chairman Connolly has been a longtime champion for modernizing the federal government’s IT infrastructure, holding biannual hearings to assess agency progress implementing new technology and push for greater investment in the TMF.

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