Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Urgent Need to Modernize Federal IT Systems

Jul 16, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C. (July 16, 2020)—On Monday, July 20, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing to examine the longstanding issue of legacy information technology (IT) systems, the challenges they present to federal agencies, and the urgent need to modernize federal IT systems, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic.


Currently, the federal government is operating on legacy systems that can be more expensive to maintain, more vulnerable to cybersecurity risks, and less effective in accomplishing their intended purpose.  In June 2019, GAO identified and reported that the ten most critical federal IT legacy systems in need of modernization are maintained by ten different federal agencies, whose missions are essential to government operations such as emergency management, healthcare, and wartime readiness.


The challenges these agencies face due to their IT legacy systems have been exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic to the detriment of many Americans.  The IT legacy systems of the Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration, and Department of Labor all failed to efficiently get Americans aid when they needed it most.  


This hearing will examine these failures and the federal government’s need to prioritize modernizing federal IT systems.





Subcommittee on Government Operations Hearing on “Federal IT Modernization:  How the Coronavirus Exposed Outdated Systems”




Monday, July 20, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. ET




Gordon Bitko
Senior Vice President of Policy
Information Technology Industry Council


Matthew Cornelius
Executive Director
Alliance for Digital Innovation


Steve O’Keeffe


Hana Schank
Director of Strategy, Public Interest Technology
New America





A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.



116th Congress