PSC Urges Senate Action on IT Modernization Bill

Arlington, Va., November 7, 2016—In a November 4 letter to leaders in the Senate, the Professional Services Council (PSC) offered its strong support for H.R. 6004, the “Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2016,” and urged the Senate to take action on the bill before the end of the legislative session. The bill would centralize management and funding for upgrading legacy IT systems, and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities in federal systems. The House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 6004 in September, but time is running out for the Senate to act. 

“There is an important opportunity but a very limited window of time for this session of Congress to act on vital legislation to improve cybersecurity and address concerns with the government’s legacy IT systems,” said PSC President & CEO David Berteau. “Congress and the Executive Branch should use this narrow window of opportunity to pass this important legislation and kick-start the modernizing and upgrading of federal information technology as well as enabling the adoption of new technologies to help make government more effective.”

PSC sent its letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE); and Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Tom Udall (D-NM). Senators Moran and Udall were instrumental in championing predecessor legislation, the “MOVE IT” Act, which PSC also supported. 

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About PSC: PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s more than 400 member companies represent small, medium and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter @PSCSpeaks.

Contact:
Jeremy Madson
Sr. Manager, Public Policy
Professional Services Council
Email:  madson@pscouncil.org
Direct:  703-875-8392
Office:  703-875-8059
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