Written by Dave Nyczepir
The Professional Services Council (PSC) has written to lawmakers urging them to include funding for cybersecurity and IT in the $ 2 trillion infrastructure bill proposed by President Biden.
In a letter sent to Senate and House leaders on Friday, the business body said it was “disappointed” that the administration had not applied for additional funding to address cybersecurity or IT modernization for federal government and industry as part of the package.
“Considering the recent cyber attacks, including the violation of SolarWinds’ government infrastructure and the recent attacks on power pipes and water treatment facilities, and the President’s Executive Order of May 12, 2021 on cybersecurity, the need for resources to adapt and operate safely in continuous change the environmental threat continues to grow, ”the trade group said in its letter. “PSC and our member companies support funding to meet these needs and requirements. This includes funding for CISA and the Technology Modernization Fund, as well as agency-specific funding to modernize obsolete programs and outdated systems. “
PSC represents the government’s technology and professional services industry and has more than 400 member companies.
In its letter to lawmakers, the PSC also called for the bill to remove “no value-added regulatory burdens” from government contractors through a focus on simplified procurement and authorization processes.
The group also requested additional investments and funding for research and development through the proposed new legislation.
“The PSC hopes Congress will continue to invest and advance in technologies that provide long-term solutions for U.S. economic competitiveness and national security and address how these investments will help federal agencies meet the needs of the mission,” he said. say in the note.
Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate over the U.S. occupation plan after President Biden issued an initial $ 2.25 trillion proposal last month.
Since then, the Republican Party has responded with a $ 568 billion infrastructure counter-offer, and last Friday the White House introduced a new $ 1.7 trillion bid, which is worth $ 65 billion. Republicans proposed funding for broadband and parent funding for road and bridge construction.