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Federal money spending government TMF Funding Boost Hopes Take a Step Back in FY2021 Approps Bill

If the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) is going to see a big boost in funding anytime soon, it may not arrive through the regular annual appropriations process.

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  1. FedRAMP Agency Liaison Program Yielding Positive Results

    The General Services Administration (GSA) attributes the FedRAMP program’s success to building a culture that prioritizes continuous improvement, and aims to continue program growth through its recently launched FedRAMP Agency Liaison Program.

  2. CISA Sets Strategy to Strengthen Industrial Control System Cybersecurity

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a strategy today intended to “strengthen and unify industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity for a more aligned, proactive, and collaborative approach to protect the essential services Americans use every day.”

  1. USAID Solicits Data Center, Disaster Recovery Support in Afghanistan

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a solicitation request for IT support for an existing data center and a new disaster recovery center.

  2. FCC’s Starks Calls on Congress to Help With Broadband Affordability

    FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said today he believes Congress should take action to make broadband service affordable for tens of millions of Americans with low incomes and those who have been left unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

  3. House Panel Approves VA FY21 Funding With 12% Boost to IT

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies approved its Fiscal Year 2021 funding legislation for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by voice vote today. The bill features a 12.4 percent increase in IT modernization funding for the agency. The legislation budgets $104.8 billion in discretionary funding for VA – a $12.3 billion boost from FY2020’s enacted level, but $35 million under the President’s request. Despite the slight difference between the executive and legislative totals, the House subcommittee did match the White House request for $4.9 billion toward IT modernization projects. “In the midst of a global pandemic, we are making unprecedented investments in our veterans through our VA medical system to ensure that every veteran has access to the top-notch health care that they deserve,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chairwoman of the subcommittee, said. “The MilCon/VA bill includes historic spending for women veterans, mental health, suicide prevention, medical research, and homeless prevention, while closely monitoring VA claims processing and system modernizations.” House appropriators want to funnel $2.6 billion – $1.1 billion more than the President requested – into VA’s electronic health record systems to continue implementation and provide Government Accountability Office (GAO) oversight of the program. Legislators have been critical of funding the program in the past because of continuing schedule delays. On top of FY2021 funding, the legislation also provides VA with $12.5 billion in emergency spending to supplement the agency’s response to COVID-19, with provisions to direct the funds toward electronic health records, IT, medical care, and other services. Next, the legislation heads to the full Appropriations Committee for another markup.

  4. Budget Federal spending Federal Agencies’ Spending on COVID-19 Contracts Cools

    Federal agencies’ total spend for COVID-19-related purchases has cooled in the past month, decreasing by over $1 billion due to changed contract awards, according to data obtained from the Federal Procurement Data System.

  1. House Bill Would Boost Local School Systems’ Cybersecurity

    A California congressman has introduced a bill in the House to strengthen school districts’ cybersecurity by providing $25 million in grant funding over the next five years for that purpose.

  2. NIST Opens Comments on Controlled Unclassified Information Security

    NIST is seeking comments on draft Special Publication (SP) 800-172, Enhanced Security Requirements for Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information: A Supplement to NIST SP 800-171.

  3. Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Modernize Federal IT Adoption

    On July 2, Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced bipartisan legislation to accelerate emerging technology adoption by Federal agencies and expand upon the AI in Government Act which codifies an AI Center of Excellence (CoE) within the General Services Administration (GSA).

  4. House Homeland Subcommittee Approves FY21 DHS Budget Bill

    After acknowledging that Democratic and Republican members of the subcommittee have different viewpoints on funding immigration-related agencies, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved Fiscal Year 2021 funding legislation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by voice vote today.

  5. Sen. Johnson Hitches CISA’s Subpoena Power to NDAA

    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., tacked on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the cyber agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to subpoena internet service providers for information relating to vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure.

  6. House Approps Proposes FY2021 Funding Bumps for DHS, CISA

    The House Appropriations Committee released draft Fiscal Year 2021 funding legislation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today that proposes a modest 0.5 percent total funding increase for DHS, and a 10 percent budget boost for its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) component.

  7. House Appropriations Wants to Boost Energy Cyber, Save ARPA-E in FY21

    In draft Fiscal Year 2021 funding legislation for the Department of Energy (DOE) released today, the House Appropriations Committee increased cybersecurity funding and vowed to save the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E).

  8. GSA Issues 8(a) STARS III GWAC Solicitation

    The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued the solicitation for the 8(a) STARS III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), which is part of its process for making it easier for small businesses from different socioeconomic categories to work with the Federal government on IT acquisition projects.

  9. Senate Sets July 20 Vote for Vought Nomination to Head OMB

    The Senate is scheduled to vote July 20 on the nomination of Russell Vought to become the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.  The July 20 date was set by the Senate after a 47-44 vote on July 2 to invoke cloture on the nomination.

  10. GSA to Revamp Small Business GWAC Acquisition

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is planning to revamp its Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) to make it easier for small businesses from several socioeconomic categories to work with the Federal government on IT acquisition projects.