Weekly Wrap-Up
Week of May 3, 2021

(MeriTalk) Numerous tech-related issues were front and center in President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, as he delivered pitches backing up his infrastructure-themed American Jobs Plan issued in late March, the American Families Plan unveiled this week, and a preliminary Fiscal Year 2022 budget wish-list made public on April 9. 
Agencies Moving Away from VPNs as They Implement TIC 3.0
(FedScoop) Agencies are moving from virtual private networks (VPNs) to more robust identity management solutions as they implement Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 architectures, said TIC Program Manager Sean Connelly.
Sen. Hassan's Technical Fix of MGT Act is a Major Step to Overhaul Latest IT Modernization Challenges
(Federal News Network) The U.S. Agency for International Development asked for the authority to establish a working capital fund for IT modernization in its budget request in 2019, again in 2020 and again in 2021. But as Congress finalized each fiscal year’s budget, appropriators ignored USAID’s request.
OMB Tells Agencies How They Can Win Some of the $1B in the Technology Modernization Fund
(Federal News Network) If federal chief information officers and program managers want to get their hands on some of the $1 billion in the Technology Modernization Fund, they have less than a month to put their plan together.

The Office of Management and Budget set a deadline of early June for proposals to receive expedited consideration. But the TMF Board will accept proposals on a rolling basis going forward after that early June initial deadline.
FedRAMP Board Extends Deadline For Cloud Providers to Pitch Line-Jumping Business Cases
(FedScoop) “With so much activity in the cybersecurity space over the past few months, extending the deadline will provide GSA with some additional time to work with agency [chief information officers] and [chief information security officers], as well as [cloud service providers], to gain more valuable insights on which cloud services are most in demand throughout the government,” said Matthew Cornelius, executive director of the Alliance for Digital Innovation.
Lawmakers Applaud TMF Payback Change; Tech Groups Crave Closer Role
(MeriTalk) Today’s move by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and General Services Administration (GSA) also won praise from tech-sector groups. But those groups also were quick to suggest process improvements and closer engagement to get the modernization fall rolling faster.

“The new guidance is a step in the right direction … but a very short and very tentative step,” said Matthew T. Cornelius, executive director of the Alliance for Digital Innovation.
Leaders from ADI Member Organizations Honored by Washingtonian Magazine
ADI congratulates five leaders from our member organizations who were named to the 2021 Washingtonian Magazine Tech Titans list. Hats off to all the awardees!

ADI Member Representative from Salesforce and Former GSA CIO, Casey Coleman: It's Time for a Federal 'Agile First' Strategy
(FedScoop) Government should prioritize agile methodologies not only in software development but in IT procurement, finance, budgeting and hiring as well, according to a former CIO of the General Services Administration.

Tasks should be done in parallel rather than sequentially when possible, and paper-based processes should not only be digitalized but done in real-time, Casey Coleman told FedScoop.
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