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Report: Senate’s Draft Coronavirus Relief Bill Seeks to Appropriate $1B for Tech Modernization Fund

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A draft Senate bill seeks to authorize $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) within the General Services Administration (GSA), Nextgov reported Monday. The Senate is expected to finalize the measure in the coming days. 

A source said the upper chamber's draft American Rescue Act would provide $650 million in funds to help the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) carry out cyber risk mitigation efforts and $200 million for the U.S. Digital Service.

A proposal that seeks to earmark $9 billion for TMF failed to make it to the House-passed measure. The lower chamber’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation would authorize $7.6 billion for the Emergency Connectivity Fund to support remote learning in schools and broadband capabilities and an additional $2 billion to improve the country’s unemployment insurance system.