IRS tech, CISA funding in Build Back Better – FCW



IRS tech, CISA funding in Build Back Better

The framework and bill text for the Build Back Better Act was released on Thursday – a $ 1.7 trillion package designed to support housing, child care, clean energy and access to health care that reflects a compromise between progressives in the House and more conservative Democrats in the Senate.

The bill features multiple technology investments, but does not contain a proposed $ 3.5 billion investment included in the House Oversight Committee’s markup for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) and Federal Citizen Services Fund (FCSF) of General Services Administration or IT Oversight and Reform Account at the Office of Management and Budget.

The bill includes a $ 4.75 billion investment over 10 years in modernizing IRS business systems in addition to regular funding for the program. Modernizing the IRS is seen by proponents of the legislation as a key element in improving tax collection. The $ 4.75 billion is for improving customer service and developing callback technology, but not for maintaining existing systems. The main tax administration file system is over 60 years old and runs on outdated computer language. A recent surveillance report found that necessary IRS system upgrades were overdue and may not be completed until 2030.

The bill also includes $ 15 million for the IRS to report on the cost and viability of the agency running its own free electronic tax filing system.

There is at least $ 500 million in cybersecurity funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including $ 100 million for securing federal civilian systems that are not considered “national security systems”. $ 50 million for cloud security, $ 50 million for industrial control system security, and $ 20 million to support migration to the dot-gov domain by state, local and tribal governments. There is also support for various manpower and training activities. The funds are good until the end of the financial year 2031.

While the GSA will not see an increase in the TMF or FCSF, the agency is receiving $ 975 million to support emerging and sustainable technologies and $ 3.25 billion to purchase goods and services in support of the energy efficiency and reduce the department’s carbon footprint. There is also $ 2.995 billion for the acquisition of electric vehicles.

The US Postal Service is also expected to receive $ 6 billion for electric delivery vehicles and infrastructure support.

The bill reflects the framework agreed upon by Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate, but it has yet to come to a vote. Next steps include the development of a plan by the House Rules Committee to debate and amend the legislation, and the Senate is considering the bill as part of the complex reconciliation process, which requires a simple majority vote. to proceed rather than the ordinary majority of 60 votes to advance bills in the Senate.

“Any element of this framework would be fundamentally seen as fundamental change in America,” President Joe Biden said in a speech at the White House Thursday. “Taken together, they’re really big. “

The Build Back Better legislation is designed to be passed alongside a bipartisan infrastructure bill that has already passed in the Senate. House Democrats, especially progressives, were pushing for Build Back Better legislation to be introduced and even passed in the Senate before voting on the bipartisan measure to ensure both get passed and enacted.

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is editor-in-chief of FCW.

Prior to joining the editorial team, Mazmanian was a writer at FCW covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was a technology correspondent for the National Journal and held various editorial positions at the B2B SmartBrief news service. Mazmanian has written reviews and articles for The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine, and other publications.

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