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President Trump Signs Bill to Fund NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Programs

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that authorizes funding for NASA’s deep-space exploration and discovery missions in the 2017 budget cycle. The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 requires the space agency to develop and implement a deep space human exploration plan and invest in science, technology and aeronautics programs, the White House said …

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Rep. James Bridenstine Proposes New Bill to Manage Space Traffic, Orbital Debris

Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) has unveiled a bill aimed to help the Defense Department establish a distributed system of small satellites and focus on the procurement of Earth observation data and other services from commercial providers, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Christian Davenport writes Bridenstine introduced the American Space Renaissance …

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Rep. Will Hurd: DHS Should Assist State, Local Agencies in Cyber Threat Mgmt

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has said the Department of Homeland Security can serve as a resource for state and local government agencies to determine strategies against sophisticated cyber threats, GCN reported Wednesday. Hurd told the publication he believes conversations between leaders at all levels of government are necessary to secure U.S. critical infrastructure. He proposed a …

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Reports: Mac Thornberry to Unveil Weapons Acquisition Reform Bill

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) plans to introduce a bill that seeks to reform the Defense Department‘s processes for acquisitions of weapons systems, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes Thornberry will likely integrate the proposed legislation with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that he plans to introduce in April. That …

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Sens. Kirk, Gillibrand Push New Bill to Speed Up Electronic Warfare Acquisition

Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have proposed a bill that seeks to provide the Defense Department with more flexibility in terms of allocation of funds for electronic warfare platforms. The proposed Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act would also incorporate EW platforms into the Rapid Acquisition Authority Program in an effort to …

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Ben Cardin Intros Back Pay Bill for Feds in Case of Government Shutdown

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced a new bill that would give back pay to federal employees when the government reopens after a shutdown, GovExec reported Wednesday. Eric Katz writes the 2015 Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act would pay furloughed employees their regular salary immediately after a government shutdown passes. Employees required to work …

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Congress OKs Bill to Encourage Public-Private Cybersecurity Collaboration; Sen. Jay Rockefeller Comments

Congress has passed a cybersecurity bill that would empower the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to coordinate with industry to develop infrastructure protection standards, GovInfoSecurity reported Friday. Eric Chabrow writes the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 was approved by the House and Senate on Thursday through voice votes. Senate …

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