TMF Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find relevant documents and guidance pertaining to the TMF?

All guidance, memoranda, and templates pertaining to the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) and the Technology Modernization Board (Board) can currently be found on policy.cio.gov.

  1. Go to FINALIZED POLICIES
  2. On the sidebar, select M-18-12: Implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act
  3. Navigate to the resource pages you need

What is the purpose of the TMF and how is it established?

Per the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act), the purpose of the TMF is to fund projects “for technology-related activities to improve information technology, [and] to enhance cybersecurity across the Federal Government.”

The TMF is authorized up to $500M by the MGT Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The fund will be overseen by a technical oversight board which will provide funds and technical expertise to agency modernization projects and common solutions. A copy of the legislation can be found on

What is required from my agency?

M-18-12 allows agencies to begin submitting project proposals immediately for TMF funding consideration. The guidance does not require agencies to submit a minimum number of projects to the TMF by a certain date, however, all agencies are strongly encouraged to submit project proposals if the vision, mission, and use of TMF makes sense for agency IT modernization efforts. Proposals will be considered by the Board as they are submitted. For more information, please see M-18-12: Implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act. Please also see Funding Guidelines and Additional Considerations, which can be found on policy.cio.gov.

Will the Technology Modernization Board consider projects from small agencies?

The TMF will consider technology-related projects from all federal agencies. Agencies are encouraged to review the Additional Considerations document on policy.cio.gov and the Initial Project Proposal Template, a copy of which can be downloaded from policy.cio.gov before submitting proposals to the Board.

What is the purpose of the Initial Project Proposal?

Initial Project Proposals provide necessary information for the Board to consider a proposed project. Initial Project Proposals should explain the concept behind the project, its projected impact on agency mission, the strength of the project team and execution strategy, and other foundational details. Initial Project Proposals selected by the Board will be asked to make a formal presentation and business case to the Board at a later date and the Board will then vote on whether to recommend funding for the project. Initial Project Proposals selected by the Board are not a guarantee of project funding. A copy of the Initial Project Proposal Template can be downloaded at policy.cio.gov.

What is the process for submitting proposals to the Technology Modernization Board?

The Technology Modernization Board will consider all Initial Project Proposals it receives. Initial Project Proposals must be limited to two (2) pages and are intended to provide the Board with a high-level overview of the project, the problem to be solved, and the amount of money required to deliver. After an Initial Project Proposal is considered, the Board will inform the agency and project team about whether or not the project is selected to submit a formal presentation and business case to the Board. The Board may provide teams with recommendations, technical expertise, or requirements before hearing the formal presentation and business case. For more information, please review M-18-12, a copy of which can be found on policy.cio.gov.

How do I submit a project proposal to the TMF?

Agencies may submit Initial Project Proposals to ofcio@omb.eop.gov. at any time using the template provided in Appendix A of M-18-12. A Word version of Initial Project Proposal Template can also be found on policy.cio.gov by doing the following:

  1. Go to FINALIZED POLICIES
  2. On the sidebar, select M-18-12: Implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act
  3. Select Initial Project Proposal Template

How will the Technology Modernization Board assess projects?

The Board will consider all Initial Project Proposals submitted by federal agencies. The Board will use the criteria they establish to consider Initial Project Proposals. As a general guideline, agencies should leverage the Relevant Considerations in Preparing an Initial Project Proposal document found at Appendix B of M-18-12 and the Additional Considerations document found on policy.cio.gov. When the Board finalizes their official criteria for submission and evaluation, it will be posted to policy.cio.gov.

Will the Technology Modernization Board consider joint projects between multiple agencies?

Agencies are encouraged to submit joint projects and pursue shared services and common platforms.

Who is on the Technology Modernization Board?

The MGT Act requires the Technology Modernization Board consist of 7 voting members among other statutory requirements. A copy of the MGT Act can be found on policy.cio.gov.

A full list of Board Members and their biographies can be found on policy.cio.gov:

  1. Go to FINALIZED POLICIES
  2. On the sidebar, select M-18-12: Implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act
  3. Select Board Member Biographies

How were Technology Modernization Board Members selected?

Technology Modernization Board Members were selected based on statutory requirements and candidates’ experience. A full list of Board Members and their biographies can be found on policy.cio.gov:

  1. Go to FINALIZED POLICIES
  2. On the sidebar, select M-18-12: Implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act
  3. Select Board Member Biographies

How do agencies receive and repay funds from the TMF?

For extensive information about how agenices receive repay TMF disbursement, please see the Funding Guidelines document on policy.cio.gov:

  1. Go to FINALIZED POLICIES
  2. On the sidebar, select M-18-12: Implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act
  3. Select Funding Guidelines

Where can I ask additional questions?

If you have additional question not answered in this FAQ or in other supporting documents found on the policy.cio.gov, please contact the TMF Help Desk at tmf@omb.eop.gov.