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The Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) would get a $1 billion funding increase in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act, according to a preliminary draft of the Senate version of the legislation obtained from sources by MeriTalk. The Senate will debate its version of the legislation this week.

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    Sec. of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that President Joe Biden has made a slew of appointments at the Pentagon, including two in the cyber realm. 

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has teamed with T-Mobile to deploy 5G capabilities for the Miami VA Healthcare System, providing 5G service to medical staff and patients with capable devices.

  3. Cybersecurity If the Walls Fall: Federal Agencies Must Layer Cyber Defenses to Ensure Data Protection

    Government agencies and the private sector will spend $100 billion or more to recover from the SolarWinds hack, which went undetected for at least nine months and may have compromised 18,000 government and private sector organizations using SolarWinds Orion software. Even if breached organizations successfully mitigate the damage from SolarWinds, they know adversaries aren’t going to stop trying to get in. If they plug one vector of attack, the adversary will find another to exploit.

  1. milCloud 2.0 Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary With New Capabilities for Mission Partners

    This February, milCloud 2.0 – one of the key pillars of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) cloud strategy – celebrated its third anniversary, and it continues to offer DoD mission partners a rapid path for cloud migration.

  2. cybersecurity Experts Call for Increased Cyber Info Sharing in Wake of SolarWinds Breach

    The House Homeland Security and Oversight and Reform committees held a joint public hearing today to discuss the Russia-based hack of government and private sector networks via SolarWinds Orion products. During the hearing, both the private sector witnesses and members of Congress called for better cybersecurity practices, legislation, and increased information sharing.

  3. FCC FCC Establishes Federally Funded Broadband Discount Program

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  4. House Relief Bill Offers $2B to Upgrade State UI Systems; Vote Seen Late Friday

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  1. NSA Issues Zero Trust Guidance

    The National Security Agency (NSA) has released Zero Trust security model guidance for organizations to boost security of sensitive data, systems, and services.

  2. Fed Leaders Want Culture Change to Allow Telework Beyond the Pandemic

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  3. Senate Bill Eyes $15 Billion in Grants for Rural Broadband Buildouts

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  4. Cyber Diplomacy Act Reintroduced in the House

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  5. Rep. Connolly Eyes March-April Timeframe for Next FITARA Scorecard Hearing

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  6. Admiral Norton Handing Over DISA Command Feb. 26

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  9. IG Report Reveals Labor Department Slowly Chipping Away at Billions in Fraudulent UI Payments

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