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TMF nears biggest payday ever

Now that both chambers of Congress have passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, it is headed to the desk of President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it Friday. Underneath the major provisions of the bill, it has set aside $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund. The payday, all but finalized, comes after advocates have urged appropriators and leaders on Capitol Hill to include some sort of funding for TMF for the past year. Billy Mitchell takes you inside.

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A guide to zero trust

Sean Connelly, a senior cybersecurity architect for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, joins FedScoop's Let's Talk About IT podcast to discuss one of the hottest topics of late: zero trust. In the new episode of Let’s Talk About IT, Connelly distills what it means for a federal agency to enact zero trust and what that journey looks like. Listen now to the new episode.

A key to success in the Pacific

Adm. Philip Davidson, commanding general of the Indo-Pacific Command, spent the last few days making rounds on Capitol Hill to argue for more money to fund the Mission Partner Environment (MPE), which allows partner nations to link into U.S. military systems and communications. Davidson said the platform is critical in deterring the military’s top strategic competitor China as it allows the U.S. to work more closely with allied nations. Jackson Barnett has this one.

USPTO ups its RPA

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is upping its use of robotic process automation, allowing business units to take some of the automation into their own hands. “We’ve reached a point with our maturity where we’re really encouraging different business units to come to the table with their own ideas for automation,” said Jacob Feldman, program analyst at USPTO. “This is implementing a federated model of development.” Dave Nyczepir reports.


Government leaders tout AI successes at Google Cloud Public Sector Summit

At the outset of the pandemic, public sector organizations saw large spikes in call center activity and website traffic, forcing them to quickly turn to new tools to scale to demands. According to government leaders, AI pilot programs helped them to address needs that had been bubbling beneath the surface and solve a variety of their scaling challenges. Read more from the executives.

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