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Experts push for $1B TMF funding

There's no better time than in the middle of the pandemic for Congress to give its financial support to the Technology Modernization Fund, industry technology advocates argued Monday in an oversight hearing. Matthew Cornelius, the Alliance for Digital Innovation's executive director, said Congress and the White House should ensure the TMF receives $1 billion in the “Phase 4” coronavirus stimulus bill to help cross-government IT needs. “Frankly, outside of an emergency situation like this, where Congress can go above and beyond the 302(b) allocations that they have on the normal [fiscal year] appropriation cycle, you’re never going to get that amount of investment that is necessary so that OMB and GSA and agencies can really start to transform the government's IT,” Cornelius said. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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Anil Cheriyan lands at private tech firm

After leaving government service last week as director of the General Services Administration's Technology Transformation Services, Anil Cheriyan will take an executive vice president role with global tech firm Cognizant. In his new position, Cheriyan will report directly to Cognizant CEO Brian Humphries while overseeing the company’s IT, strategy, alliance and business development. It appears joining Cognizant will be a clean break from working with government for Cheriyan, as the company doesn’t have much of a history working with federal agencies. Rather, Cognizant works mostly with banking, capital management, consumer goods, education and communications industries. Billy Mitchell has the story.

NSCAI has workforce recommendations

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence is out with a new set of recommendations, many of which are talent-focused. In particular, the commission recommended Monday the U.S. should create a digital reserve corps and digital service academy to increase the pipeline of tech-savvy workers into the public sector. The commission also recommended expanding scholarship-for-service systems that would offer more financial help for those looking to advance technical skills in exchange for time in government. Jackson Barnett goes inside the recommendations.

A pandemic-era headache: inventorying of software licenses

Federal IT officials are starting to consider another side effect of the demand for near-universal telework — the need to keep track of an ever-expanding collection of software licenses, especially as bring-your-own-device policies expand and agencies make other changes to their infrastructure. The Department of Agriculture is trying to reduce instances where only a handful of devices have a specific version of software, and the Air Force is facing a reality where thousands more airmen are working on laptops at home instead of on their usual desktops. IT leaders from those agencies and others say they have plenty of inventorying work to do. More from Dave.

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