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No TMF boost in the next coronavirus relief bill

It's a familiar situation to anybody who has been tracking potential boosts for the Technology Modernization Fund: Proponents of the fund try to insert some money for it into a coronavirus relief package, only to find later that House and Senate negotiators weren't able to make room for it. The latest version of the story involves a proposed $9 billion infusion that seemed to have some momentum in Congress, but ran into opposition as Democrats try to sort through their priorities for the next COVID-19 bill. The proposal isn't dead, but this legislation might not be the home for it. Dave Nyczepir explains.

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No surprises in Northrop Grumman's sale of IT business

Veritas Capital is buying Northrup Grumman’s IT shop for a reported $3.4 billion, and it's yet another sign that “IT markets are growing markets, full stop, without question,” one analyst told FedScoop. The sale is in line with recent trends for major defense firms, which have been selling off IT shops, and for buyers, who are eager to tap into the market for big-ticket federal contracts. Veritas plans to combine the acquired business with its Peraton unit, which is a major IT service provider to the Department of Defense. Jackson Barnett has the story.

Biden memo: Modernize to boost foreign policy, national security

President Joe Biden is calling for improvements to how agencies recruit and retain technical talent as his administration refocuses on diplomacy and rebuilding alliances that languished under President Trump. “Too many of America’s foreign policy and national security institutions have lost, or are at risk of losing, their technological edge,” reads a memo from the president. “To succeed in a competitive world, we must close mission-critical knowledge and skills gaps, compete in and win the race for talent, equip our workforce with cutting-edge technology and agile, flexible, and adaptive organizational structures, and establish incentives and rewards for innovation across the government.” Dave breaks it down.

Thinking about an old network's place in the present

Gov Actually is back with a new episode about an industry that has been vital to the success of the nation for nearly two centuries: railroads. Ian Jefferies, president and CEO of the American Association of Railroads, joined the podcast to describe why the nation’s railroad system plays a backbone-like role in its economic success, how regulations affect the industry and how it’s been impacted during COVID-19. Listen to the new episode.

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