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Trump signs Ratcliffe bill to modernize federal government

Washington, December 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on President Trump’s signing of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) (H.R. 5759) that he co-led with and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio):

“President Trump’s signing of the 21st Century IDEA will initiate much-needed improvements to the digital services offered by our federal government. I’m grateful for the hard work of Rep. Khanna and Sen. Portman to ensure this important legislation was signed into law, so we can better serve the American people while saving tax payer dollars. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of our enhanced ability to ensure folks get the timely, cost-effective assistance they deserve thanks to the reforms included in this law.”

The 21st Century IDEA aims to improve citizens’ interaction with the federal government online by digitizing government processes and establishing minimum standards for federal websites, including mobile-friendly interfaces in compliance with the latest security protocols.

Ratcliffe and Khanna co-introduced the 21st Century IDEA in May, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously in November. The Senate companion bill (S. 3050) was introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in June.