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Watchdog predicts ‘ongoing challenges’ collecting administrative fees for TMF

The program management office behind the Technology Modernization Fund isn't recouping administrative fees fast enough, according to a new Government Accountability Office review. The office, housed within the General Services Administration, has obligated $1.2 million for operating expenses in recent years but has so far gotten back only $33,165 of that. At this rate, the watchdog says, the TMF won’t see its $1.2 million until 2025, which isn't acceptable, GAO says. The Office of Management and Budget, however, places the blame on Congress. See what OMB had to say.

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Most agencies don’t use FedRAMP to authorize all cloud services

GAO also came out with a report recently that shows that a staggering number of CFO Act agencies — 15 of the 24 — aren't authorizing all of their cloud computing projects through FedRAMP. Among the 15 CFO Act agencies not always using FedRAMP, one reported 90 unauthorized cloud services and the other 14 reported 157 unauthorized cloud services. On top of that, OMB doesn’t “effectively monitor” agencies' compliance with the program, GAO found in the report. Dave Nyczepir has more.

WATCH: Balancing digital modernization with security

Federal and industry tech leaders recently spoke with FedScoop at the 2019 Security Transportation Summit, sponsored by Fortinet. In exclusive video interviews released bi-weekly, these experts addressed the growing federal attack surface, the need to balance modernization and data sharing with security, and much more. See the latest interviews below from:

How AI and automation change the IT skills needs in government

New technology is changing the way organizations are working. Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning will allow agencies to make use of huge increases in ever-cheaper computing power and exponential growth in the data that’s available to train them. IT specialists are defining strategies for how to stay ahead of the curve. Read the blog.

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