White House unveils report on modernizing government IT

White House unveils report on modernizing government IT
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The White House released a report Wednesday on modernizing the government's information technology, urging agencies to move to cloud storage.

The report also outlined general steps the government should take to ramp up its modernization efforts. The recommendations include bolstering security for the highest risk and most valuable technology, consolidating networks to save money and adopting broader tech tools that aren’t agency-specific to save money.

“It is imperative for the Federal Government to leverage these innovations to provide better service for its citizens in the most cost-effective and secure manner,” the report says. 

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“This Administration has prioritized modernization of Federal information technology (IT) systems, and to that end, has committed to help agencies better leverage American innovations through increased use of commercial technology.”

The guidance is part of the administration's increased attention to modernizing the government's technology.

The administration has created the American Technology Council to research updating the government’s lagging technology, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE released an executive order aimed at bolstering cybersecurity through modernization.

The report comes amid broader efforts to advance government technology.

On Tuesday, Trump signed into law Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdImmigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security Advocacy groups want border-for-Dreamers deal ahead of Feb. 15 deadline Bill Maher draws backlash for making Popeyes comment to black congressman MORE’s (R-Texas) Modernizing Government Technology Act, which was included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

The issue is one of the few where Democrats and Republican lawmakers have been able to find common ground this year.