The future of the MGT Act
Having passed House proceedings, the next stop for the MGT Act is the Senate. The bill reached Senate level in 2016, but stalled and was ultimately scrapped due to cost concerns.
Should the MGT Act reach official legislation status, it would launch a revolutionary government-wide movement to keep up with the constant shift of technology. Not only does it promote a cutting-edge, interconnected state, it also gives government agencies the opportunity to streamline and enhances their operations to better serve American citizens.
“Americans have demanded better digital services from their government,” comments Amarish Pathak, Chief Information Officer of the Army Air Force Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA). “If the bill is passed into law, it means the federal government will finally focus on transforming and modernizing its information technology and using it to deliver better digital services to our citizens. The MGT Act is essential to making it all happen.”
IT contractors who cater to the government would also reap benefits from an IT modernization law, as agencies would have more funds to invest in their business. Consequently, it would provide larger wiggle-room for these contractors to offer more leading-edge technology.
With the institution of a more connected government, however, comes a more pressing need to have a greater investment in cybersecurity measures, especially when agencies choose to adopt contemporary collaboration solutions such as cloud-based services.
MetroStar’s Director of Collaboration Ricardo Palhano notes, “Depending on where the final funding amounts fall—assuming the bill passes —it does introduce the potential for improvement. In any case, modernization will hopefully improve not just efficiency and cost, but also the integration of good security practices from the ground up.
Palhano adds, “At MetroStar, for instance, we invest heavily in ensuring that our workforce is not only aware of cybersecurity measures, but also putting them into practice. This allows us, as government IT contractors, to enable agencies to achieve their mission goals as we modernize their systems.”
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