The Technology Modernization Fund announced investments on Tuesday to modernize the networks of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), also helping the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to implement a zero trust architecture to increase IT security. 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 obsolete perimeter-based defenses to a ‘zero trust’ approach that confronts the capabilities and intentions of our opponents,” said Clare Martorana, federal CIO. and chairman of the board of directors of TMF. “These investments will implement robust multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, rapidly detect and contain adversary activities, and continuously identify and remediate vulnerabilities.”
“TMF is once again investing in smart technologies that will improve efficiency, increase cybersecurity and provide better performance for taxpayers,” said GSA CEO Robin Carnahan. “The TMF is showing that government can harness technology to positively impact people’s lives, from supporting systems that help people with food problems to ensuring 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 technology needs across the federal government.” In her statement before the subcommittee on government operations, she said that the TMF “is seeing similarities between the proposals, finding out what works best and connecting agencies to shared resources.”
The latest tranche of TMF investments in a more secure network infrastructure and zero trust architecture shows how the fund circuit is discovering these similarities between proposals and building cohorts of agencies that simultaneously face similar challenges:
Network update at USDA
TMF is investing $ 64 million in the USDA levy to help develop a unified and secure network to support all USDA program offices and services and reduce the number of legacy networks from 17 to 1, with an estimated $ 734 million. in cost savings / avoidances for the agency. The investment increases the speed and cybersecurity of program offices such as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which provides critical food safety data to the public, and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which distributes 122 billion dollars in nutritional benefits to American food-insecure families.
“The USDANet modernization project allows the USDA to continue and build on its customer-centric IT modernization efforts that deliver better performance at better value,” said Gary Washington, Chief Information Officer of the USDA. “It will also increase the reliability of USDANet and act as an enabler for the protection and functioning of the US agricultural supply chain.”
New FTC Security Operations Center
The TMF will also invest $ 3.9 million to help FTC procure a Security as a Service Operations Center (SOCaaS) to implement a zero trust architecture. The project will enable FTC to better protect sensitive data and scale security operations to cope with 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 to DHS
Another $ 26.9 million investment will modernize the DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) service into an updated and more secure platform for sharing information among first responders, law enforcement, the private sector and government partners. . DHS plans to rebuild its information sharing system as a cloud-native platform. Real-time information and access to resources will enable emergency agencies and personnel to plan and respond to national security issues such as natural disasters, security events and other crises more quickly and effectively.
All three agencies plan to repay the TMF in line with the repayment guidelines by the end of fiscal 2028. These latter actions bring the total investments of the TMF to 26 ongoing projects with over half a billion dollars invested.
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