The modernization of government is critical to our success as a society and a nation.
In 2019, 80% of the government’s IT budget is being allocated toward operations and maintenance of legacy systems, and due to budget caps, many agencies both civil and defense, are being asked to choose between maintaining or modernizing their systems – not both simultaneously -- due to budget caps. Because of this, many agencies are using systems, hardware and technology that is 20-30 years old. For instance, the US military are still flying aircraft built in the 1980s, and although information systems have been updated through the years, the nuts and bolts of the physical hardware have been showing age for some time. Ongoing maintenance and upgrades to old technology help keep it functional, but at a cost far exceeding what it would take to get these agencies’ systems and programs out of technical debt and aligned with present and future standards in technological advancement. Replacing outdated systems may be cost-prohibitive in the short term, but over the course of time, maintenance costs far overrun those of integrating current or emerging technologies.
Since the Modernizing Government Technology Act went into effect in late 2017, agencies have been incentivized to use upgraded technology in the form of retained funds being allocated for future projects or for sharing within the organization. In ongoing efforts to combat the rising cost of maintaining these outdated systems, the US government’s 2019 budget establishes requirements for agencies to identify and budget for the modernization of specific high-risk legacy IT systems, with a particular focus on transitioning these systems to cloud shared services. Doing so will improve the quality and efficiency of the Government’s critical citizen-facing services by migrating to commercial cloud solutions, consolidating common agency services, and modernizing agencies’ legacy systems.
Genesis Consulting is playing a major part in the government’s modernization and digital transformation efforts throughout multiple agencies. Genesis’ contracts with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to the federal IT dashboard, 57% of government software and system development projects adopt an Agile Mindset, to deliver solutions in iterative cycles to accelerate value delivery to the customer.
Genesis Consulting through our training, coaching and development of teams are helping government entities embrace the Agile mindset in agencies such as the Navy, GSA, USDA, USCIS, and DHS. Genesis is also enabling the government to leverage the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to scale business agility across the enterprise. Genesis is one of the key contributors and leaders in delivering SAFe for Government. Genesis has enabled these government agencies to work toward and accomplish goals centered around digital transformation, procurement, project and program management, cloud conversion, enterprise resource planning, human resources management and customer relationship management.