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*** The infrastructure bill currently under consideration in the Senate includes $1 billion for state and local cybersecurity grants over four years to be administered by the Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency. The legislation also includes $21 million to get the National Cyber Director office off the ground, a $100 million cyber response and recovery fund, $35 million for CISA's critical infrastructure capabilities and $157 million for cyber research and development to be managed by the Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. The bill is expected to be amended with potentially more tech items added to the mix before a final vote.

*** The National Archives and Records Administration is now accepting comments on a draft strategic plan covering fiscal years 2022-2026. In the plan, the agency projects that by 2026, "NARA will provide policy, requirements, and oversight to support a transparent, inclusive and fully digital government."

*** The Commerce Department is using bots to cut the time it takes employees to correct inaccurate forms and process records from hours to minutes – a game-changer that's giving employees in the Enterprise Services Division time to focus on more complicated customer service tasks, the agency says. GCN has more on this story.

Posted on Aug 03, 2021 at 3:17 AM


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