Weekly Wrap-Up
Week of September 27, 2021
Technology Modernization Fund News
Federal CIO Tees Up 7 New TMF Awards
(FCW) Federal CIO Clare Martorana told a Senate panel on Tuesday that seven new Technology Modernization Fund awards have been chosen and are currently under review in Congress. 
These seven awards, which have not been publicly announced, are the first to be made via the fund since it received a $1 billion infusion via the American Rescue Plan Act. The advance congressional notification of the TMF awards is a courtesy that precedes their public announcement.
Congress Gets First Look at Upcoming TMF Awards
(Nextgov) The Technology Modernization Fund Board has picked seven projects to fund as part of the first set of awards since receiving $1 billion to help upgrade agencies’ aging IT systems.
Federal CIO Martorana: Seven TMF Projects Waiting on Congressional Approval
(MeriTalk) Today, Federal CIO Clare Martorana said the TMF board sent the first seven project awards to Congress for final approval. The American Rescue Plan (ARP), passed in March, included an additional $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF). Last week, Federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha said the first round of awards was coming soon
GSA Taps Tech Modernization Chief
(Nextgov) The General Services Administration on Tuesday appointed Raylene Yung as executive director of the Technology Modernization Fund.
Telework & Pandemic Developments
Fed Contractors Face Dec. 8 Vaccine Deadline, 60-Day Lag for 'Urgent' Work
(MeriTalk) Federal government contractors and subcontractors are facing a deadline of Dec. 8 to get their employees fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus – subject to a list of exceptions that include medical conditions and religious beliefs – with an additional 60-day extension of the compliance window possible in the case of “urgent” contract needs.
EPA's New Telecom Contract Will Ensure Every Employee Can Telework
(Nextgov) The Environmental Protection Agency was well-prepared for mass teleworking during the pandemic thanks to smart planning during the agency’s transition to the new governmentwide telecommunications contract, the inspector general reports.
Pandemic Sped Digital Modernization 3-5 Years, AWS Official Says
(MeriTalk) The coronavirus pandemic – for all the tragedy and disruption it continues to cause – has advanced the cause of digital modernization by three to five years, leaving government and private sector organizations better prepared to provide improved digital services going forward.
Member News
Telos, Splunk, stackArmor, AWS Announce FASTTR Initiative to Accelerate Compliance
(DARKReading) Telos® Corporation (NASDAQ: TLS), Splunk Inc (NASDAQ: SPLK) and stackArmor are excited to announce their partnership under the authority to operate (ATO) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) program to reduce the time and cost associated with ATO compliance through the new FASTTR initiative, which stands for Faster ATO with Splunk, Telos and ThreatAlert® for Regulated Markets.
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