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Changes to the TMF

The Office of Management and Budget and General Services Administration introduced new guidelines Tuesday for how they will prioritize awarding projects under the Technology Modernization Fund and add more flexibility for agencies repaying those investments. Now there will be three categories of funding repayment, one of which will require "minimal repayment," for projects aimed at tackling the most urgent IT issues facing the government, including critical cybersecurity improvements and initiatives that help agencies meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but which are unlikely to create direct cost savings. Billy Mitchell has the news.

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CDO Council launching training use cases

The Federal Chief Data Officers Council has a slate of data science training program use cases it plans to soon release. According to council chair Ted Kaouk, each use case will feature a different agency like the Department of Health and Human Services‘ Data Science CoLab or the Air Force‘s data governance certification program. The use cases were compiled by the council’s Data Skills Development Working Group, which aims to bolster agencies’ data workforce. Dave Nyczepir has this.

Hack-a-Sat is back

The Air Force had such a good time letting white hat hackers break into one of its satellites last year that it's up to do it again. This year's Hack-a-Sat bug bounty initiative will include a new "Jeopardy-style format" with hackers being able to earn points based on speed and accuracy of solving problem sets. “The security and cyber-resiliency of our on-orbit systems is an absolute necessity as we look to ensure the peaceful development of the global commons of space over the coming decades," said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center. More from Jackson Barnett.


Using the momentum of the pandemic to advance zero trust security

The loss of the physical perimeter has opened a window of opportunity to secure buy-in from agency heads to modernize their security strategies. A new report urges leaders to throw their security and access planning assumptions out the window and instead focus on modernizing two key pillars: authentication and digital identity controls. Read more in the report.

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