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Sen. Kamala Harris Proposes Bill to Bolster U.S. Digital Services

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced a bill that aims to support the government's investment in digital services including corresponding personnel and technologies.

The Digital Service Act would allocate $50M in annual funds for the U.S. Digital Service and $15M in annual grants for equivalent efforts in state and local governments, Harris' office said Thursday.

The proposed legislation would also mandate that at least 50 percent of each grant is used for personnel. Grant recipients would report results every two years.

"The Digital Service Act will help harness top talent for the government, save taxpayer dollars and put the power of technology to work on behalf of the American people," Harris said.

The Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit, supports the bill.

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