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Biden's first IT budget

The White House released a budget proposal for fiscal 2022 on Friday, the first under the Biden administration. It proposed $9.8 billion for cybersecurity spending — up $1.2 billion from the current year — and an additional $500 million for the Technology Modernization Fund. “With the continuously evolving IT and cyber landscape, these investments are an important down payment on delivering modern and secure services to the American public, and continued investment in IT will be necessary to ensure the United States meets the accelerated pace of modernization,” says the administration’s budget proposal. Overall, the administration is asking for an IT budget of $58.4 billion for civilian agencies in 2022. Billy Mitchell breaks it down.

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A 'space race' for R&D

On the R&D side, the administration is calling for the largest-ever increase in non-defense research and development spending as it looks to out-compete China in emerging technologies. Administration leaders compared the $171.3 billion proposed for R&D across more than 20 federal agencies —which represents a 9% increase from prior year proposals — to “space race”-era spending. Dave Nyczepir has this.

DOD's R&D boost

The Pentagon, too, wants an uptick in its R&D budget. The Department of Defense's proposed $112 billion budget for R&D would also be the largest ever for the department — a 5% boost year-over-year. Jackson Barnett has more from the DOD.

USAID hit by cyberattack

Meanwhile, it was revealed late last week that another federal agency has been victimized by the apparent Russian hackers responsible for the SolarWinds breach. This time the hackers accessed USAID’s Constant Contact email marketing service account to launch a spearphishing campaign targeting 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 different organizations, according to Microsoft. Billy has more.

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