The Technology Modernization Fund today announced a series of new funding grants totaling $20.8 million to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
And in a somewhat unusual move for TMF – which typically supports modernization funding for federal civilian agencies – the fund said it would provide an undisclosed sum of money to the US military for cybersecurity-related purposes. .
HUD will receive $14.8 million to move legacy systems to a cloud-based platform to enable integration of Federal Housing Administration Connection (FHAC) systems with the Login.gov platform operated by General Services Administration (GSA) and used by many federal agencies. TMF said the investment will “enhance the customer experience by creating self-service check-in capabilities for users, organizations and application administrators.”
“Tens of thousands of external users are interacting with HUD’s current FHAC components,” commented Beth Niblock, who is CIO at HUD. “Yet our current systems are overloaded, redundant and poorly integrated. Modernizing FHAC will give FHA-licensed lenders and business partners secure access to the services they need,” she said.
OPM will receive $6 million to update the technology and content of the OPM.gov website, and enable the agency to implement an updated and more secure cloud-based content management system.
“A user-friendly website plays a vital role in OPM’s mission to more clearly and effectively communicate federal government policies, services and benefits,” commented OPM Director Kiran Ahuja. “This investment will improve the government’s ability to recruit job seekers, provide relevant career information to the federal workforce, and facilitate the management of employee benefits for public servants,” she said. .
Finally, the military will receive an undisclosed amount of TMF funding for a “Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection Project” involving “Organic Industrial Base (OIB) sites” including depots, arsenals and munitions factories. “This project will strengthen cyber capabilities and establish a security-as-a-service operations framework that ensures cyber defenders can monitor, respond to, and remediate cyber threats,” TMF said.
“TMF funding will help the Army meet this critical and urgent need up to two years sooner than waiting for agency funding to become available through the regular budgeting process,” commented the CIO. of the army, Dr. Raj Iyer. “For the military and its partners, this project will modernize and improve our cybersecurity posture and strengthen command and control of critical OIB,” he said.
“If we’re going to bring digital transformation to the American people in our lifetime, we need to think and work differently across the federal enterprise,” said Federal CIO Clare Martorana, who chairs TMF’s board of directors.
“Investments in OPM, HUD and the military will address immediate security needs and improve customer experience and business operations by modernizing outdated systems – expectations we must be able to meet for our customers,” a- she declared.
“With these new investments, TMF now has a portfolio of 31 investments totaling over half a billion dollars,” commented Raylene Yung, Managing Director of TMF.
“But beyond funding, we work closely with our partners to provide them with expertise and support while enabling their own teams to execute these projects in a way that ensures maximum benefit for the public. “, said Yung.