Dr. Molini Patel, with the department’s Bureau of Medical Services, won one of this year’s individual awards for her work using data to track COVID-19 infections among the department’s workforce and flagging hotspots that faced the greatest need for vaccines once they became available. The award also recognized Patel’s work tracking air quality data at 80 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.
President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget request seeks $65 billion for civilian federal agencies—an 11% increase over the $58.4 billion requested last year—as well as a significant increase in cybersecurity spending.
China has released the new digital yuan app for iOS and Android on domestic app stores. The app is available to users in 12 cities across China and will be available to foreign visitors at the Winter Olympics – but its audience will be limited. Tencent-owned WeChat announced it would begin rolling out the e-CNY as a payment option on its platform, potentially introducing the digital currency to over 1.2 billion users.