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Congressman Will Hurd

Representing the 23rd District of Texas

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May 27, 2017 In The News

President Trump Thursday night reversed earlier White House comments that the U.S. would withdraw from NAFTA. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Will Hurd, R-TX, about NAFTA and the southern border wall.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

President Trump called the leaders of Canada and Mexico last night to say he wanted to renegotiate that deal. This came after White House officials had said earlier in the day that the president intended to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Now he says he's not doing that for now.

May 15, 2017 Hurd on the Hill

As a conservative, I am always looking for ways to reform government spending and use tax dollars more efficiently. With a background in computer science and through my time as Chair of the House IT Subcommittee, I’ve been able to identify federal information technology (IT) as an area in desperate need of reform.

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

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced a bill aimed at modernizing federal information technology, returning focus to an issue Congress attempted to tackle last year.

The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act provides two funding channels for the purchase of new IT equipment that would be cheaper to run and more secure.

The legislation allows agencies to borrow money from a general modernization fund that is repaid with the savings from new equipment. It also allows agencies to keep any money saved by funding new technology within current budgets.

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 Press Release

U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Information Technology Subcommittee, introduced the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act today with fellow Subcommittee members and thought-leaders from across the aisle Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Illinois) and Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia). This bipartisan federal IT reform package is designed to reduce wasteful IT spending and strengthen information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology like cloud computing.

April 28, 2017 In The News

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is taking a second bite at the IT modernization apple. Hurd introduced the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act April 28 with minor tweaks to assuage any concerns by the Congressional Budget Office.

Hurd’s second version of the bill is almost identical to last session’s version, which while widely supported by the Obama administration and the House, lost steam in the Senate partly because of a high budget score by CBO.

April 28, 2017 In The News

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is taking a second bite at the IT modernization apple. Hurd introduced the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act April 28 with minor tweaks to assuage any concerns by the Congressional Budget Office.

Hurd’s second version of the bill is almost identical to last session’s version, which while widely supported by the Obama administration and the House, lost steam in the Senate partly because of a high budget score by CBO.