New Technology Modernization Fund Investments to Strengthen Network Security for Critical Services

June 21, 2022

Three New TMF Investments Support Food Safety for American Families, Consumer Protection and Access to Information for First Responders

WASHINGTON – Today, the Technology Modernization Fund announced investments to modernize the networks of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) while helping the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of United States to implement a zero-trust architecture to strengthen cybersecurity. . These planned projects are the result of close collaboration between the TMF and partner agencies.

“This administration is on track to aggressively invest in defenses and move from outdated perimeter defenses to a ‘zero trust’ approach that confronts our adversaries’ capabilities and intent,” said Clare Martorana, Federal CIO and Chair of the Board of TMF. “These investments will implement strong multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, rapidly detect and contain adversary activity, and continuously identify and remediate vulnerabilities.”

“The TMF is again making smart technology investments that will improve efficiency, strengthen cybersecurity and deliver better for taxpayers,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “The TMF shows that government can harness technology to positively impact people’s lives, whether it’s supporting systems that help food insecure people or ensuring that the first stakeholders can quickly share information.”

Raylene Yung, executive director of the Technology Modernization Fund, recently testified before Congress about the TMF and its “overview of technology needs within the federal government.” In her statement to the government operations subcommittee, she said the TMF “sees similarities between proposals, uncovering what works best and connecting agencies to shared resources.”

TMF’s latest round of investments around more secure network infrastructure and zero-trust architecture shows how the funding loop reveals these similarities between proposals and creates cohorts of agencies that simultaneously tackle 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, representing approximately $734 million in cost savings/avoidance for the agency. . The investment increases the speed and cybersecurity of program offices like the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which provides essential food safety data to the public, and the Food and Nutrition (FNS), which distributes $122 billion in nutritional benefits in the United States. food insecure families.

“The USDANet Modernization Project allows USDA to continue and build on its customer-centric IT modernization efforts that deliver better performance for better value,” said Gary Washington, USDA Chief Information Officer. “It will also increase the reliability of USDANet and act as a catalyst to protect and exploit the US agricultural supply chain.”

New FTC Security Operations Center

The TMF will also invest $3.9 million to help the FTC build a security-as-a-service (SOCaaS) operations center to implement a zero-trust architecture. The project will allow the FTC to better protect sensitive data and adapt security operations to address future threats. The project will improve the FTC’s response times to cyberattacks and serve as a model for other agencies to establish their own SOCs.

Cloud Modernization at DHS

Another investment of $26.9 million will modernize DHS’s Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) service into an updated, more secure platform for sharing information between first responders, law enforcement, private sector and government partners. DHS plans to rebuild its information sharing system as a cloud-native platform. Access to real-time information and resources will allow emergency agencies and personnel to plan and respond more quickly and effectively to homeland security issues such as natural disasters, security events and other crises. .

The three agencies plan to repay TMF in accordance with repayment guidelines by the end of fiscal year 2028. These latest actions bring TMF’s total investments to 26 projects underway with over half a billion dollars invested. .

For more information, visit: tmf.cio.gov

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About TMF: The Technology Modernization Fund works to transform the way government uses technology to provide the American public with a fair, secure, and user-centric approach. The TMF invests in government-wide technology projects, providing supplemental financing, technical assistance, and oversight throughout execution to ensure the success of its investments.

The TMF is overseen by the Technology Modernization Council, which is comprised of government IT leaders representing proven expertise in technology, transformation, and operations. To date, the TMF has announced investments totaling over $500 million. These investments have supported projects ranging from providing a single secure login experience for government websites to digitizing temporary worker visa programs and modernizing systems that support inspection and certification of cultures. The TMF has received $175 million through the annual budget process and $1 billion through the US bailout to fund modernization projects to date. For more information, visit tmf.cio.gov and follow us on @TMF_gsa.

About GSA: GSA provides centralized and shared procurement services for the federal government, manages a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million leasable square feet, oversees approximately $75 billion in annual contracts, and provides technology services that serve millions of people in dozens of federal jurisdictions. agencies. GSA’s mission is to provide the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the American people. For more information, visit GSA.gov and follow us on @USGSA.

Kevin M. Risinger