12th Annual Carahsoft Federal Budget Breakfast

On Friday, December 3, 2021, Rob Efrus, CEO of Efrus Federal Advisors, LLC, provided the annual Federal Budget Briefing for our vendor partners and consultants.

Rob covered a myriad of topics, including real-time Fiscal 2022 budget updates and a number of different factors that will impact the Federal IT Sales climate in the coming year.

See below for information from the event and a complete compilation of reference documents.

Budget Breakfast Presentation

Key Legislation

Federal Agency
Budget Requests


Artificial Intelligence



Federal Workforce


Russia and China

Digital Services

Grants to Watch

State and Local


US - Russia Cyber



Zero Trust

Executive Order 14028

Supply Chain Security

Federal Cyber Strategy


Fiscal 2021-2022 Budget Update

Budget Control Act of 2011
H.R. 7608 - State Foreign Operations
H.R. 7609 - Military Construction VA
H.R. 7611 - Legislative Branch
H.R. 7612 - Interior-Environment
H.R. 7613 - Energy and Water
H.R. 7614 - Labor-HHS-Education
H.R. 7616 - Transportation-HUD
H.R. 7617 - Defense
H.R. 7668 - Financial Services
H.R. 7669 - Homeland Security
H.R. 7610 - Agriculture-FDA
H.R. 7667 - Commerce-Justice-Science

2020 Election Updates
Presidential Transition Act - Provisions and Funding
Presidential Transition Guide
National Security Nominees and Appointees

Legislative Watch List

12 U.S.C. 278g-3
2021 NDAA
IoT Cybersecurity Act - Enrolled Bill
IT Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act - Enrolled Bill

IT/Cyber Fiscal 2021 Budget Highlights

IT and Cyber Federal Market Trends

Cyber Vulnerability Grows Along with COVID-19 Pandemic Stresses
DFARS 252.204-7020
Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence
Executive Order on Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government
H.R. 7338 - The Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act
H.R. 7663 - Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020
H.R. 8215 - Improving Digital Identity Act of 2020
H. R. - 8273 - Introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-FL
M-21-06 OMB Memorandum
NDAA 2021 Conference Report
Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in Government
S 3988 The Enhancing Preparedness Through Telehealth Act

Additional Resources

M-21-06 OMB AI Memo - 11-17-20
GSA Presidential Transition Directory
Presidential Artificial Intelligence Executive Order

Budget Update

  • Congress is down to the short strokes in finalizing a $900 Billion COVID-19/Stimulus package and wrapping it into the final Fiscal 2021 Omnibus spending legislation.
  • Elements of the final COVID-19/Stimulus package will include: a $600 payment to individuals, a $300 weekly supplemental unemployment insurance payment, $17 Billion for airlines, $325 Billion for small business relief, $275 Billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, and $25 Billion for emergency rental assistance.
  • This package will not include any funding for state and local governments or a pandemic-related liability shield.
  • The exclusion of these controversial issues was acknowledged by President-elect Biden, who stated that the $900 Billion package will be “an important down payment” that will be followed up with another stimulus package early next year that will include state and local funding.
  • The House of Representatives is not scheduled to not take up this combined $2.3 Trillion spending measure until Friday at the earliest.
  • Based on this timing and the expiration of the current Continuing Resolution (CR) this Friday at midnight, Congress will likely need to pass a third CR (running through the weekend and possibly into next week) to complete action on the combined spending legislation.
  • In the event that any Senator objects to a third CR, the Senate may elect to proceed with a full government shutdown over the weekend.
  • According to BGOV, “A brief shutdown that’s over by the end of the weekend may not have a major impact, especially in comparison to the effects of the stimulus lawmakers are preparing. Shutdowns cause the federal government to furlough hundreds of thousands of workers, an action that would have limited economic impact if it’s only for a weekend. Congress has provided back pay to those workers after recent shutdowns, meaning most of the damage is temporary.”

Biden Appointments

  • Deb Haaland, Secretary, Department of Interior
  • Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy
  • Michael Regan, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Brenda Mallory, Chair, Council on Environmental Quality
  • Gina McCarthy, White House Climate Policy Coordinator
  • Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation

NDAA Update

  • President Trump stated as late as Thursday (12/18) that he will veto the 2021 NDAA
  • The NDAA was presented to the President on 12/11/20
  • President Trump has until December 23 to make a final decision on whether he will veto the NDAA or not
  • Should the President veto the NDAA, he will be banking that there will be Republican defections from the “veto proof” majorities in the House and Senate
  • House vote/needed to override: 335-78/284
  • Senate margin: 84-13/66
  • If both the House and Senate vote to override the President’s veto the NDAA becomes law with no further action
  • If either Chamber fails to override the NDAA dies