Issue: Cybersecurity

SIA members play an important role in helping the federal government achieve the key cybersecurity and national security protections called for in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which requires federal agencies to adopt a common identification card and certification process to verify the identity and credentials of federal workers and contractors accessing federal facilities and logging in to government networks. However, competing priorities and the lack of available resources has limited the ability of many agencies to modernize their access control systems with equipment and software offering the security protections required under the latest federal standards.

SIA Position:

SIA supports enactment of S. 990/H.R. 2227, Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act (Sen. Jerry Moran, R-KS and Rep. Will Hurd, R-TX) approved by the House, which would allow agencies to bank excess funds for future IT modernization projects and establish a $250 million federal IT modernization fund. Federal IT systems eligible for modernization include network and physical access control, as well and other security systems.

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