Written by John Hewitt Jones

The Digital Innovation Alliance has called on lawmakers to prioritize five key areas, including cloud migration, cybersecurity and procurement reform, as they work to enact the law on national defense authorization for the 2023 financial year.

In particular, the trade group said it supports the inclusion of bill language that would require the Department of Defense to produce a study on the costs associated with underperforming software and other information technology. .

“ADI supports the inclusion of Section 236 in the House-passed version of the bill that requires DOD to produce a study of the costs associated with underperforming software and information technology,” wrote the group in a letter Friday to the chairmen and senior members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

He added, “The results of this study will help military departments and other DOD information technology managers better identify systems, processes, and workloads that should be moved to more modern, on the cloud.”

Section 236 was included in the version of the bill that passed the House of Representatives on July 14.

ADI also said it would support including language in the bill to revamp the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and the Federal Information Security Management Act ( FISMA). Earlier in January, lawmakers introduced legislation to update FISMA, but it has not been enacted.

“We believe that the FedRAMP program has provided a solid foundation of security for the federal government, and it could continue to thrive with formal authorization from Congress and additional funding authorized for its operations,” the trade group said.

He added, “FISMA improves government security and promotes the adoption of modern cloud-based commercial security solutions that underpin zero-trust environments. In general, these acts will provide support for programs and offices that support security and promote compliance across the federal government.

In addition to cloud migration, cybersecurity and procurement reform, ADI says lawmakers should prioritize billing wording that could improve workforce-related government IT solutions, as well as digital, AI and data solutions.

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