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The Importance and Necessity of Modernizing Government

Federal agencies are faced with increasing pressure to modernize their aging information technology systems and data centers. From global cybersecurity attacks to the constant pressure to do more with less, agencies must act to migrate to secure and modern IT systems. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step in providing agencies the necessary funding tools to modernize outdated federal systems by passing the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act.

“Technology is evolving at a rapid pace and our citizens deserve a digital experience that keeps pace with innovation. We are pleased to see the bipartisan and bicameral Modernizing Government Technology Act, which enables the federal government to take advantage of commercial cloud services to lower IT costs, strengthen cybersecurity, and provide quick access to tremendous computing power and innovation,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS.

Cloud computing allows agencies to focus more on what matters most: their mission. Whether reducing wait times for veterans receiving healthcare, encouraging scientific research and space exploration, or providing first-rate education to the next generation, government has the ability to leverage technology to deliver better, faster, and more secure services to citizens.

“We applaud the numerous sponsors of the MGT Act for their leadership on this important piece of U.S. legislation and hope this will enable federal agencies to get the full benefit of commercial cloud services and emerging technologies,” said Teresa.

Learn more about how the cloud paves the way for innovation and supports world-changing projects in government here.