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Congressman Will Hurd

Representing the 23rd District of Texas

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May 1, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump wants to modernize the federal government’s aging IT systems and the digital services they provide citizens, and he’s established a council of agency heads and federal executives to help him do it.

An executive order signed Monday establishes the American Technology Council to “coordinate the vision, strategy and direction” of IT across government and provide advice regarding its use.

May 1, 2017 In The News

The secret weapon to this IT modernization conundrum that the federal community has been talking about for much of the last decade may come in the fiscal 2019 budget development process.

The usually eye-glazing-over, policy-wonk concepts of capital planning and investment control (CPIC) and enterprise architecture (EA) actually hold the keys for agencies to move off legacy systems in a strategic fashion.

April 28, 2017 In The News

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, reintroduced his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act in the House on Friday as Congress dodged an eleventh hour budget fight that would have shut down the government. Hurd told MeriTalk that the timing is designed to get the bill through markup and onto the floor for votes as soon as possible.

April 28, 2017 In The News

The Modernizing Government Technology Act is back.

The bill, which gives agency CIOs access to funds to move legacy IT operations to managed services, has been revised to handle objections from the Congressional Budget Office and from some appropriators who think it risks handing over the power of the purse to unelected bureaucrats.

The bill has some high-profile support and could see action in the House in a matter of weeks.

April 28, 2017 In The News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will reintroduce major legislation on Friday to overhaul the federal government's aging computer systems, but with a significantly scaled back dollar figure to keep it from stalling like it did at the end of last year, according to the bill's sponsor.

The bill is a first step, and the biggest step in this Congress, toward slashing wasteful federal information technology spending that costs taxpayers an estimated $80 billion annually and that leaves decrepit systems vulnerable to hackers.

April 28, 2017 In The News

House members said Friday they are ready to take another crack at winning passage of legislation to make it easier for agencies to use money they save on IT spending to modernize their systems.

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, introduced the Modernizing Government Technology Act with Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va. It’s a revision of the bill Hurd introduced last year under the same name.

April 27, 2017 In The News

A long-delayed cybersecurity executive order due out from the Trump administration could be a launching pad for a major push to replace outdated government technology, the House Homeland Security Chairman said Thursday.

That modernization drive will likely be led by a modernizing government technology bill, sponsored by committee member Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, which passed the House last Congress but stalled in the Senate, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said at a cybersecurity event hosted by the wireless industry group CTIA.

April 25, 2017 In The News

The Trump administration is going to make agencies fund IT modernization from within, says a former federal IT official who recently left government service.

In a conversation with FedScoop, former Social Security Administration CIO Rob Klopp predicted that the Trump administration probably will elevate IT modernization higher than the Obama administration already did.

April 24, 2017 In The News

The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act is getting more than a second lease on life; its chances of becoming law now look brighter than ever, according to lawmakers closely involved in the effort to modernize federal IT.

April 17, 2017 Hurd on the Hill

The privilege of representing the constituents of the 23rd District doesn’t stop when the House of Representatives is not voting. With no votes taking place in Washington, DC, I’m capitalizing on this district work period by connecting with folks all across the twenty-nine counties of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. This is my favorite part of the job.