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USA – A Catch-22 Is Keeping Telemedicine Off the Battlefield (Patrick Tucker, Nextgov)

Say telemedicine, and you might imagine two-way video or perhaps haptic sensors and augmented reality—features that need enormous bandwidth.

A Catch-22 Is Keeping Telemedicine Off the Battlefield – Nextgov

Spc. Melinda Clower (left) and Spc. Lacey Duffy (right), soldiers assigned to Company C, 115h Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, evaluate and treat Spc. Scott Ehrgott (center) during a company field training exercise, April 5.

Spc. Melinda Clower (left) and Spc. Lacey Duffy (right), soldiers assigned to Company C, 115h Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, evaluate and treat Spc. Scott Ehrgott (center) during a company field training exercise, April 5. 2ND LT. PAUL RIOJAS/U.S. ARMY

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USA – IRS Offering $7.5M for New Ideas to ‘Digitize’ and ‘Digitalize’ Paper Documents (Aaron Boyd, Nextgov)

The IRS wants new ideas for digitizing and digitalizing paper files and is offering up to $7.5 million per proposal in the latest solution challenge under the Pilot IRS program.

IRS Offering $7.5M for New Ideas to ‘Digitize’ and ‘Digitalize’ Paper Documents – Nextgov

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USA – Colonial Pipeline Didn’t Have Multifactor Authentication in Place—And Most Defense Contractors Don’t Either (Eric Noonan, Nextgov)

When Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount sat before lawmakers to explain the recent ransomware attack, he found them less sympathetic than they once were to companies that have found themselves victims of hackers.

Colonial Pipeline Didn’t Have Multifactor Authentication in Place—And Most Defense Contractors Don’t Either – Nextgov

Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount is sworn in before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing June 8.

Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount is sworn in before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing June 8. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AP

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USA – VA Is Asking Congress for Fewer IT Dollars in 2022 But Plans to Spend More Than in 2021 (Aaron Boyd, Nextgov)

The Veterans Affairs Department is asking Congress for fewer dollars to spend on IT systems in 2022 but plans to supplement that request from a fund that has been filling up over the last five years.

VA Is Asking Congress for Fewer IT Dollars in 2022 But Plans to Spend More Than in 2021 – Nextgov

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USA – Survey: Nearly 80% of Feds, D.C. Employees Believe Productivity Increased With Telework (Frank Konkel, Nextgov)

Almost four in five federal employees and Washington, D.C. government workers say they’ve been more productive while teleworking during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released this week by the American Federation of Government Employees.

Survey: Nearly 80% of Feds, D.C. Employees Believe Productivity Increased With Telework – Nextgov

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TechInnovation – How AI Can Help with Critical Government System Maintenance Needs (Steve Brothers, Nextgov)

When the onslaught of unemployment claims filed early in the COVID-19 pandemic forced many of the decades-old government computer systems responsible for processing those claims to crash, calls to replace those “outdated” systems grew to a crescendo.

How AI Can Help with Critical Government System Maintenance Needs – Nextgov

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Cybersecurity – US, UK Officials: Russian Military Leveraging Containers in Active Hacking Campaign (Mariam Baksh, Nextgov)

Hackers from a Russian military unit are using automation technology to scale common password-guessing tactics and have successfully infiltrated their targets, according to a joint advisory from the National Security Agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the FBI, and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre.

US, UK Officials: Russian Military Leveraging Containers in Active Hacking Campaign – Nextgov

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USA – House Dems Propose $50M for Tech Modernization Fund in Fiscal 2022 (Aaron Boyd, Nextgov)

Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released their draft of the 2022 Financial Services and General Government funding bill Wednesday, including funding for major IT projects and another $50 million for the Technology Modernization Fund.

House Dems Propose $50M for Tech Modernization Fund in Fiscal 2022 – Nextgov

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USA/Pentagon – Lawmaker Says Pentagon Cloud Migration Shouldn’t Stumble Because of JEDI Delays (Mila Jasper, Nextgov)

The top lawmaker on the House Armed Services cyber and technology subcommittee said on Wednesday the stalled Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract shouldn’t prevent the advancement of cloud adoption at the Defense Department.

Lawmaker Says Pentagon Cloud Migration Shouldn’t Stumble Because of JEDI Delays – Nextgov

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