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04/13/2021
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GSA lends a hand

The General Services Administration wants to provide its expertise in support of the Technology Modernization Fund to help distribute the $1 billion it recently received under the American Rescue Plan Act. The agency hopes to "be of service along the way — whether it’s through our technology expertise, whether it’s through our acquisition expertise, whether it’s through our thought leadership in certain areas," Sonny Hashmi, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, told FedScoop in an exclusive interview. "We will be available as a resource for those agencies to tap into in the most frictionless way possible." Dave Nyczepir has the exclusive story.


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NSA vets stock Biden cyber team

Chris Inglis is President Biden’s choice as national cyber director, while Jen Easterly is the pick to lead CISA, the White House announced Monday. The choices end weeks of speculation as to who would fill the pivotal roles as the administration continues to deal with the fallout of suspected Russian and Chinese hacking campaigns. The pair spent decades at the NSA between them, but Easterly most recently headed Morgan Stanley’s cyber-defenses. Sean Lyngaas has the story.


JAIC 2.0 not moving fast enough

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) updated its strategy six months ago to speed up artificial intelligence adoption across the department. But in reality, according to its director, things still aren't moving quickly enough. “Is JAIC 2.0 enough? Are we moving fast enough?” Lt. Gen. Michael Groen said. “I lay awake at night and say the answer is no.” Jackson Barnett has the story.


Drones that launch smaller drones

The Air Force conducted a recent test that showed that a larger Valkyrie unmanned aerial system can release a smaller UAS through its weapons bay door, a new capability that could lead to the use of drone networks being deployed during battle. Nesting a smaller drone into the Valkyrie system that can be deployed mid-air could give the Air Force enhanced surveillance, counter-drone and even explosive-delivery capabilities. More from Jackson.


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 to the interview.


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