The Governmentwide Tech Guide to the 2020 Spending Deals

Nextgov | December 17, 2019

Before Congress leaves for the holiday recess, lawmakers left behind some gifts for the federal technology crowd. As with many gift-giving traditions, recipients had a good idea of what was coming and are getting it a little late, but are generally grateful to get anything at all. Along with a 3.1% pay raise across the board for federal employees, the two 2020 budget deals the House passed Tuesday have funding allocated specifically for major IT investments at almost every agency. Other programs, like the Technology Modernization Fund, are available to any agency willing to apply—though at least one department will have to jump through extra hoops.

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