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AWS calls for Trump deposition

As part of its bid protest of the Pentagon's JEDI contract, Amazon has asked the court for depositions of President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, among others. The cloud computing company claims there are gaps in the discovery information provided by the Department of Defense about its evaluation of JEDI bids and the eventual award to Microsoft. To get that information it feels is missing, it wants to depose Trump, Esper and Mattis. The Pentagon told FedScoop it “strongly opposes the request.” Billy Mitchell has the whole story.

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DOD's 2021 IT budget

Meanwhile, Monday was budget day, in which President Trump issued his governmentwide proposal for fiscal 2021. FedScoop scanned the massive request for the most important highlights. Included in that, the Department of Defense's AI and emerging tech programs would see increased investments in 2021 while the department shifts aways from legacy systems and other programs. The increased investment to AI would be taken from “redundant” programs that in part were identified by Defense Sectary Mark Esper through his Defense Wide Review. A copy of the review obtained by FedScoop identified more than $5 billion that would be “harvested” from the so-called Fourth Estate support agencies and put into parts of the budget more directly related to the National Defense Strategy. Jackson Barnett combed through the request for DOD.

A $150 million request again for TMF

Another year, another $150 million White House budget request for Technology Modernization Fund. Last year, though, the fund ended up getting just $25 million when all was said and done. This follows a trend of appropriators granting the fund significantly less than asked for. The White House requested $220 million in 2018, the fund’s inaugural year, and ended up with $100 million. In fiscal 2019 it requested $228 million and got $25 million. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.

A dip in R&D spending?

Trump's budget also calls for a $13.8 billion reduction in federal research and development spending, despite emphasizing “industries of the future” as a priority. The government spent an estimated $156 billion on R&D in fiscal 2020 and would only spend $142.2 billion under Trump’s proposed 2021 budget. Artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS) and fifth-generation wireless (5G) technologies must be accelerated to counter emerging threats posed by nation-states and cybercriminals to devices and networks, according to the budget document. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

WATCH: IT officials tout zero trust

Federal IT officials and experts from industry recently sat down with FedScoop to discuss zero-trust security and whether it's just another buzzword or a trend that's here to stay. This week, catch videos from:

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