The federal government spends more than $90 billion on information technology. At least 80 percent of this is used to operate and maintain existing IT systems, including aging legacy systems – many of which are decades old.
With technology advances, growing mission needs, and high public expectations, Congress and several Administrations have introduced legislation and policies that helped to reduce barriers and provide tools to get a better return on technology investment. While there have been many successes and improvements recently, additional steps can be taken.
As the pace of technology change accelerates, the impact of legacy technology on cost, mission effectiveness, and security has become an even greater burden and risk to agencies and the public.
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