Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
July 27, 2022
Contact Info: 
Raymond Rodriguez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) hosted a meeting for Members of Congress to hear from Administrator Robin Carnahan of the General Services Administration (GSA) about ongoing efforts to upgrade and modernize technology systems used across the federal government.  They were joined by Raylene Yung, Executive Director of the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) and Kurt DelBene, Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The group discussed ways to support and expand the work of the TMF, which was originally introduced by Leader Hoyer and later created through bipartisan legislation led by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and supported by Leader Hoyer and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in 2017.  The TMF was capitalized with $1 billion in the American Rescue Plan last year, which is far short of the $9 billion requested by the Biden Administration in early 2021 to upgrade and streamline technology platforms government-wide.  By comparison, the federal government spends roughly $90 billion each year on maintaining and repairing its mostly outdated systems.  So far, over sixty agencies and components have applied for funding to support more than 200 technology-modernization project proposals totaling over $3 billion.
 

“I appreciated the opportunity to sit down with Members and with Administrator Carnahan to strategize on how best to provide the TMF with additional capital so that this innovative, revolving fund can support more modernization projects across the federal government,” Leader Hoyer said.  “I was proud to help lead the effort five years ago to launch the TMF through a bipartisan process, and I continue to believe that Congress must provide further funding so that federal agencies can serve the American people more efficiently and more securely.  I was pleased that the House included an additional $100 million for the TMF in its Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations minibus last week, but much more is required.  I want to thank Administrator Carnahan and her team at GSA for their efforts and their strong support for TMF and the work of modernizing the technology systems used by departments and agencies to carry out the work of the American people.”
 
To read Leader Hoyer’s May 25, 2022, testimony on the Technology Modernization Fund before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations, click here