NDAA gives agencies special funds for modernization of IT systems, services

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018 gave federal agencies at least some of what they’ve wanted for years. Namely, a special pot of money dedicated to modernize IT systems and the services they deliver.

That will change how IT is marketed and sold this year. Agencies already set aside money for these procurement projects. But the governmentwide increase could help speed up progress, according to Bloomberg Government’s Dan Snyder.


“That is one that I think a lot of contractors will be keeping their eye on to see how that progress transpires,” Snyder, deputy director of government contracts and research at BGov, said on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. “Another topic, which Bloomberg Government will be continuing to watch is how agencies will save money for innovative projects in the future.”

A good amount — around 40 percent — of IT purchasing is done in the fourth quarter of a fiscal year. Snyder said implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, included in NDAA, could influence and encourage agencies to save even more toward the end of the…

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