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*** President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving feds the day off on Dec. 24.

*** Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a sponsor of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, was pleased that the governmentwide revolving fund authorized by his bill was replenished in the 2020 funding deal but would like to see Congress do more in the future.

"Modernizing the federal government won’t be done with fairy dust. It requires strategic investments, especially in the Technology Modernization Fund," Connolly said in an emailed statement. "While I wish this agreement provided more support for the TMF, this is a much better down payment on modernization than what came out of the Senate and will continue to fight for more robust investment next year."

*** The Department of Defense is looking to fast-track the regulatory approval process as it puts rules into place to make sure banned telecommunications gear – mostly of Chinese origin – doesn't wind up in key security systems.

Posted on Dec 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM


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