What is H.R. 2227?

September 12, 2017 Mark Gaydos

Many people ask: What is H.R. 2227?

The answer is: H.R. 2227 is the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017, or the MGT Act.

(The precursor was H.R. 6004, the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2016, which passed the House last year, but stalled because of a poor Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score.)

The MGT Act passed the House of Representatives by voice vote on May 17, 2017. It is an IT reform package focused on reducing wasteful IT spending and strengthening information security by accelerating the federal government’s adoption of modern technology.

This modernization is critical for several reasons. The government’s present legacy infrastructure not only wastes tax payer money because it costs so much to maintain, but it is also vulnerable to cyber-attack. H.R. 2227 has gained bipartisan support because it has the potential to save billions, and deliver less expensive and safer services to the American public.

The MGT Act establishes a $500 million central fund to support modernization, and stipulates that the savings realized by the federal agencies, be placed in a fund that can be used to pay for further modernization efforts.  These efforts include streaming IT systems, replacing legacy infrastructure and transitioning to cloud computing. The fund eliminates the traditional use-it or lose-it approach of the past.

The MGT Act gives federal agencies the funding they need to produce the quantifiable savings required by the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), which is a mandate from the federal government stipulating that agencies must make their data centers more efficient.

With Nlyte’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution, government agencies can:

  • Identify older equipment that should be retired
  • Plan so that maintenance, improvements, and modernization occur in a coordinated way
  • Achieve safe data center migration and consolidation
  • Place new, more efficient equipment in the most advantageous spot
  • Monitor and optimize power usage effectiveness
  • Report cost savings
  • Enable large-scale data collection, management, analysis, and the conversion of data-to-knowledge-to-action
  • Unify and organize information into human- and machine-readable summaries in a timely fashion
  • Integrate analysis of real-time data flows with historical data
  • Facilitate access to open (or closed) data, supporting sustained access, and providing controlled access to protected data

Nlyte counts over 30 federal agencies as clients, so our experts are ready to help you leverage the upcoming MGT Act to achieve the goals of the DCOI.

Drop us a line info@nlyte.com or give us a call 650-642-2700.

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