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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The nonprofit world is pouring money into efforts to get qualified science and technology experts into posts in federal and local government.

Driving the news: The Day One Project, an initiative backed by the Federation of American Scientists, has raised $650,000 with an ultimate goal of raising $4 million to send people on "tours of duty" in the federal government.

  • Those people will be working on projects including technology modernization, climate change and pandemic response, according to an announcement exclusively shared with Axios.
  • The Knight Foundation also announced this week a $1 million investment in Code for America to fund training for "Tech Brigades" working for local government in Miami, Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Paul and Boulder.

The big picture: These are the latest in a long series of efforts to get tech experts into the federal government.

  • The Day One Project's program, called the Day One Talent Hub, aims to be a resource for getting qualified experts into public service. Such efforts are often too time-intensive and complicated for federal agencies to take on themselves.
  • The Biden administration has shown an appetite for modernizing the federal government and investing in research and development, said Matt Cutts, who left his post as administrator of the U.S. Digital Service in April. "It seems like this administration is receptive to ways to use technology and design to improve delivery to the American public."

What they're saying: "Frankly, we need a full court press with all different kinds of initiatives because it's unclear what the best or right way is to bring people in. But the the more exposure we can get between the worlds of technology and government, the better it is for everybody," Cutts said.

  • The Day One Project, which has published policy proposals and memos for the Biden administration, will place experts in temporary government jobs through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program, which helps place people in temporary government jobs.
  • "For many talented people, a period of public service can be the most impactful and satisfying part of their career,” said Arati Prabhakar, former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Day One Project council member.

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May 12, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Proposed Edina apartments would be built inside a warehouse

At Rise Modular's plant in Owatonna, apartments are built in pods and then shipped to project sites. Photo: Rise Modular

A proposed six-story, 200-unit apartment project in Edina, if approved, will be built inside of an Owatonna warehouse.

Driving the news: Developer Solomon Real Estate is partnering with a relatively new local company, Rise Modular, to build the project, which is at the Pentagon Park site near Highway 100 and Interstate 494.

The details: Rise opened a massive warehouse last year. It completely builds apartments — including toilets, sinks and light fixtures — inside of a warehouse and trucks them to a project site, where they are stacked into place by a crane.

  • Rise says its method saves on development costs because it speeds up construction and provides a safe, climate-controlled workplace for employees.
  • The company showcased the method last fall when it stacked a 30-unit building in South Minneapolis, its first project.

What's next: The developers will need a zoning change because the project was supposed to be a hotel before the pandemic hammered the travel industry.

  • The project will be discussed at Wednesday's Edina Planning Commission meeting.

Biden administration mum on tracking migrant kids

A classroom at an Influx Care Facility for unaccompanied migrant children. Photo: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Thousands of migrant children have been released by the Biden administration to caretakers in the U.S. as part of the government's program for unaccompanied minors — but there's little-to-no visibility about what's happened to them.

Flashback: During the Trump administration, there was outrage when a top official told Congress his agency was unable to verify the locations of about 1,500 kids released to sponsors. Today, the agency in charge won't answer questions about its efforts to keep track of these vulnerable children.

Biden issues executive order following mounting cyberattacks

Photo: Bloomberg / Getty Images

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve the country’s cybersecurity following a series of high-profile cyberattacks in both the public and private sectors.

Why it matters: The United States is facing mounting cyberattacks — from the Colonial Pipeline hack to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange attacks — and the Biden administration is feeling pressured to act quickly to combat vulnerabilities in the country’s infrastructure.