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More money for the TMF?

The White House released the first budget request numbers under President Biden Friday. Once again, the administration is requesting a decent chunk of money for IT modernization for fiscal 2022. In specific, the White House asked Congress for an additional $500 million for the Technology Modernization Fund, citing agencies’ need to update and secure antiquated information systems. That comes after the administration recently scored $1 billion for the fund with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act for pandemic relief and recovery. Dave Nyczepir has more on the budget.

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VA's IT request

One of the biggest agency-specific IT requests in the 2022 discretionary proposal was for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The $4.8 billion top-line IT number is just shy of the enacted $4.9 billion given by Congress last year, which doesn’t include emergency funding made available to the VA to account for telemedicine and telework needs during the pandemic. Separate from the OIT budget, the White House has also asked for $2.7 billion for the continued modernization of VA’s electronic health record, a 10-year project that could cost north of $16 billion before it’s all said and done. Jackson Barnett has more.

A conversation with Code for America's CEO

Gov Actually is back with a new episode featuring Code for America CEO Amanda Renteria. During the conversation, she discusses how Code for America works in particular to make access to government systems and benefits more equitable for low-income communities and how this has been more important than ever during the pandemic. Listen now.


Three recommendations to secure a hybrid workforce

As leaders consider moves toward a hybrid work environment, security that embraces flexibility with policies and IT infrastructure can offer an equitable work experience. Thanks to the investments many agencies made in the cloud, today IT leaders are in a good position to take advantage of more effective security capabilities around data. That includes identity and access controls that can reduce agencies’ overall security risks in the years ahead, say security leaders. Kurt Steege and Peter Romness have more.

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