Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Plan Includes Over $10B in Funds for Federal IT Modernization, Cybersecurity Efforts

President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a potential $1.9T COVID-19 pandemic relief package that urges Congress to approve more than $10B in funds to support the modernization and improve the cybersecurity of federal information technology systems and networks, The Hill reported Thursday.

Under the American Rescue Plan, Biden proposes a $9B investment to help the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the General Services Administration launch new cybersecurity and IT shared services.

The package would allocate $200M for the IT Oversight and Reform fund to accelerate hiring of tech professionals in support of the U.S. Digital Service and the federal chief information security officer; $300M for GSA’s Technology Transformation Services to advance secure IT projects; and $690M in additional funds for CISA to improve cybersecurity and pilot cloud and shared security services.

Biden’s proposal comes as the U.S. government deals with a SolarWinds cyber incident allegedly linked to Russian threat actors.

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