Fund for modernization of new investment technologies to increase network security for critical services

June 21, 2022

Three new TMF investments support food security for American families, consumer protection and access to information for respondents

WASHINGTON – Today, the Technology Modernization Fund announced investments to upgrade networks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while helping the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) implement architecture with zero confidence to increase cybersecurity. These planned projects are the result of close cooperation between TMF and the agency’s partners.

“This administration is about to invest aggressively in defense and move from outdated perimeter-based defenses to a ‘zero confidence’ approach that confronts the capabilities and intentions of our opponents.” said Federal CIO and TMF board chairman Claire Martorana. “These investments will introduce robust multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, detect and hold adversary actions quickly, and identify and correct vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis.

“TMF is once again investing in smart technologies that will improve efficiency, increase cybersecurity and deliver better results for taxpayers.” said GSA administrator Robin Carnahan. “TMF shows that the government can use technology to have a positive impact on people’s lives, from support systems that help people who are unsure of food, to ensuring that those who respond can quickly share information.

Railin Jung, executive director of the Technology Modernization Fund, recently testified before Congress about TMF and its “broad view of the federal government’s technological needs.” In a statement to the Subcommittee on Government Operations, she said TMF “sees similarities between the proposals, reveals what works best and connects agencies with shared resources”.

The latest tranche of TMF’s investment in more secure network infrastructure and a zero-confidence architecture shows how the fund cycle reveals these similarities between proposals and the construction of cohorts of agencies that simultaneously address similar challenges:

USDA network upgrade

TMF is investing $ 64 million in the USDA to help develop a unified, secure network to support all USDA program offices and services and reduce the number of legacy networks from 17 to 1, with approximately $ 734 million in cost savings. avoiding the agency. The investment increases the speed and cybersecurity of program offices such as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which provides critical food safety data to the public, and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which distributes $ 122 billion in food benefits to US families experiencing food insecurity.

“The USDANet modernization project allows the USDA to continue and build on its customer-centric IT modernization efforts that deliver better performance for better value.” said USDA Chief Information Officer Gary Washington. “This will also increase the reliability of USDANet and act as a means of protecting and managing the US agricultural supply chain.

New FTC Security Operations Center

TMF will also invest $ 3.9 million to help the FTC purchase a Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) to implement a zero-confidence architecture. The project will allow the FTC to better protect sensitive data and scale up security operations to respond to future threats. The project will improve the FTC’s response time to cyberattacks and serve as a plan for other agencies to create their own SOCs.

Cloud upgrade in DHS

Another $ 26.9 million investment will upgrade DHS’s National Security Information Network (HSIN) service to an updated and more secure platform for sharing information between first responders, law enforcement, the private sector and government partners. DHS plans to restore its information sharing system as a cloud platform. Real-time access to information and resources will allow emergency agencies and staff to plan and respond to country security issues, such as natural disasters, security events and other crises, more quickly and efficiently.

All three agencies plan to pay TMF in accordance with the repayment guidelines by the end of the 2028 financial year. These latest actions have brought TMF’s total investment to 26 ongoing projects with more than half a billion dollars invested.

For more information, visit: tmf.cio.gov

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About TMF: The Technology Modernization Fund is working to transform the way the government uses technology to provide the American public in a fair, secure, and consumer-oriented way. TMF invests in technology projects throughout the government, providing additional funding, technical assistance and oversight during implementation to ensure the success of its investments.

TMF is overseen by the Technology Modernization Council, which is made up of government IT leaders with proven expertise in technology, transformation and operations. To date, TMF has announced investments totaling more than $ 500 million. These investments supported projects ranging from providing a single secure login experience for government websites to digitizing temporary work visa programs and upgrading systems that support crop inspection and certification. TMF has received $ 175 million through the annual budget process and $ 1 billion through the US rescue plan to fund modernization projects so far. For more information, visit tmf.cio.gov and follow us on @TMF_gsa.

About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement and shared services to the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million square feet of rent, monitoring approximately $ 75 billion in annual contracts, and providing technology services that serve millions of people in dozens of federal agencies. GSA’s mission is to provide the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to the government and the American people. For more information, visit GSA.gov and follow us on @USGSA.

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