House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act (H.R. H.R. 2227). Introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), this bill will reduce wasteful spending on outdated IT and enhance information security by accelerating the federal government’s ability to utilize more current technologies, such as cloud computing. Chair McMorris Rodgers also supported the bill in the 114th Congress.
“The timing of this legislation could not have been more appropriate. A cyber attack hit more than 100,000 groups in at least 150 countries last week, shining a spotlight on how vulnerable we are to an attack here at home. Our federal government is in desperate need of a technology upgrade to help us face the realities of 21st Century threats. Few understand this threat more than Rep. Hurd, a former CIA officer, and I applaud his continued leadership on this issue.”
Note: Chair McMorris Rodgers has long been an advocate for the federal government embracing new and emerging technologies. Beyond security, we can leverage technology to revolutionize the relationship between the American people and their elected representatives. In this blog post, she outlines how technology can change the way Congress approaches policymaking.