Federal Manager's Daily Report

The White House budget proposal would advance several initiatives related to IT and physical property that will benefit federal agencies, the GSA has said.

The budget requests $228 million for a Technology Modernization Fund to “provide a central mechanism for retiring and replacing antiquated legacy IT systems that are not cost-effective or pose security risks. The fund will align upfront funding, high-level management and oversight, and technical expertise to enhance the ability of the government to protect sensitive data, reduce costs, and deliver services to the public,” GSA said.

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Also requested is $40 million for an Asset Proceeds and Space Management Fund to improve the efficiency of the federal real property inventory including disposal of unneeded properties under the Federal Asset Sales and Transfers Act of 2016; and $10 million for the Federal Permitting Improvements Steering Council to improve coordination and provide support relating to large infrastructure projects that require federal authorization or environmental reviews.

The budget seeks nearly $10 billion for GSA’s Public Buildings Service, including finding for new construction and repair of land port of entry projects that “will enhance lawful commerce as well as provide the infrastructure capacity to fulfill traffic demands and support federal inspection agencies in their missions of securing our nation’s borders.”

Also included is continued funding for construction of a new DHS headquarters that will “reduce duplication in leased space and enhance mission effectiveness.”