Fund’s investment to modernize new technology to enhance cybersecurity for critical services

    June 21, 2022

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

    WASHINGTON – The Technology Modernization Fund today announced investments to modernize networks within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and help the U.S. Trade Commission. The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) implements a trustless structure to enhance cybersecurity. These planned projects are the result of close cooperation between TMF and agency partners.

    “This administration is well on its way to investing heavily in defense and moving from outdated perimeter defenses to a ‘no trust’ approach to confronting adversaries’ capabilities and intentions. our,” Federal CIO and TMF Board Chairman Clare Martorana said. “These investments will implement strong multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, rapidly detect and stop adversary activity, and continuously identify and remediate vulnerabilities. ”

    “TMF is investing in smart technology again to improve efficiency, enhance cybersecurity, and deliver better efficiency for taxpayers” GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan said. “TMF is showing that governments can harness technology to make a positive impact in people’s lives, from supporting systems that help those with food insecurity to ensuring that first responders can quickly share information.”

    Raylene Yung, Executive Director of the Technology Modernization Fund, recently testified before Congress about TMF and its “broad view of the federal government’s technology needs.” In her statement to the Government Operations Subcommittee, she said the TMF is “seeing similarities between the proposals, discovering what is working best and connecting agencies to resources.” to shared.”

    TMF’s latest round of investments around more secure network infrastructure and trustless architecture shows how the fund loop is exploring these similarities in its proposals and team building. The agency simultaneously addresses similar challenges:

    Network Upgrade at USDA

    TMF is investing $64 million in 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, bringing estimated $734 million in cost savings/avoidance to the agency. . The investment increases the speed and cybersecurity of program offices such as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which makes critical food safety data available to the public, and Food Service and Nutrition (FNS), distributing $122 billion in nutritional benefits to American families with food insecurity.

    “The USDANet Modernization Project allows USDA to continue and build on customer-centric IT modernization efforts to deliver better performance for better value” USDA Director of Information Gary Washington said. “It will also increase USDANet’s credibility and act as an enabler to protect and operate the U.S. 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 trustless architecture. The project will enable the FTC to better protect sensitive data and expand its security operations to respond to future threats. The project will improve the FTC’s response times to cyberattacks and serve as a blueprint for other agencies to establish their own SOCs.

    Cloud Modernization at DHS

    Another $26.9 million investment will modernize the DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) service into an updated and more secure platform for information sharing among responders. First, law enforcement, the private sector and government partners. DHS plans to rebuild its information sharing system as a private cloud platform. Real-time access to information and resources will enable agencies and emergency personnel to plan and respond to homeland security issues such as natural disasters, security events, and other crises faster and more efficient.

    All three agencies plan to repay TMF under their reimbursement guidelines by the end of fiscal year 2028. These latest actions bring TMF’s total investments to 26 on-going projects with more than half a billion dollars. invest.

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    About TMF: The Technology Modernization Fund is working to transform the way the government uses technology to make it available to the American public in a way that is fair, secure, and user-centered. TMF invests in technology projects within government, providing incremental funding, technical support and monitoring throughout the implementation process to ensure the success of its investments.

    TMF is overseen by the Technology Modernization Board, composed of government IT leaders representing proven expertise in technology, transformation and operations. To date, TMF has announced investments totaling over $500 million. These investments have supported projects from providing a single secure login experience for government websites to digitizing temporary work visa programs and modernizing support systems. plant inspection and certification assistance. TMF has received $175 million through the annual budget process and $1 billion through the American Rescue Plan to fund modernization projects to date. For more information, visit and follow us at @TMF_gsa.

    About the GSA: The GSA provides a centralized and shared procurement service for the federal government, manages a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet, oversees approximately 75 billion dollars in annual contracts and provide technology services serving millions of people across dozens of federal agencies. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and people of the United States. For more information, visit and follow us at @USGSA.

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