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Congressional Negotiators Agree on $83B Military Construction, Veterans’ Benefits and Zika Response Bill


A joint House-Senate committee has submitted the final conference report on a bill that would provide $82.5 billion to fund military facility construction projects, veterans’ benefits programs and Zika response efforts. The House Appropriations Committee said Wednesday the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Appropriations Act now heads to the House for consideration. The proposed budget is about $2.6 billion more …

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House Committee Asks GAO to Assess OMB’s Management of Top 10 IT Priority Programs


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has requested the Government Accountability Office to evaluate the Office of Management and Budget’s oversight of the top 10 priority initiatives for information technology. House panel members told GAO Comptroller General Gene Dorado in a letter published Tuesday to assess how the U.S. Digital Service …

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Coalition Asks Congress to Reject Rule 41 Changes That Would Authorize Warrants for Remote ‘Govt Hacking’


A coalition of trade groups and technology firms has called on congressional leaders to support a bipartisan bill in an effort to block the proposed changes to a rule that would authorize law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for remote “government hacking.” The coalition asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …

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GAO: DHS Should Specify Time Frames for Criminal History Info Sharing Implementation


The Government Accountability Office has made a series suggestions on how the Department of Homeland Security could specify time frames to implement information-sharing agreements for participants of the Visa Waiver Program and determine whether countries should continue in the VWP. GAO said in a report published Monday that 38 countries agreed to the …

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Dell’s Steve Harris: FITARA Implementation Depends on Agency CIOs, IT Revolving Fund Approval

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Dell’s Steve Harris has said government agencies’ progress in the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act depends on the approval of a White House bill that would establish a $3.1 billion revolving fund for IT system updates, FierceGovernmentIT reported Wednesday. Harris, vice president and general manager of Dell’s federal …

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Lawmakers Ask Air Force to Speed Up Ground Surveillance Fleet Recapitalization


Defense committees in both chambers of Congress have called on the U.S. Air Force to speed up its recapitalization effort for the service’s legacy ground surveillance fleet, Defense News reported Friday. Lara Seligman writes the current Air Force review on how long the existing Northrop Grumman-built E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar …

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House OKs $81.6B FY 2017 Package for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Support


The House has voted 295-129 to approve an appropriations bill that would provide $81.6 billion in fiscal year 2017 funds to house, train, and equip military personnel. A post on the House Appropriations website said Thursday the spending package includes a $63.3 billion advance from the fiscal 2016 appropriation bill that covers housing and services to …

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House OKs $622M Package for Zika Response Effort


House lawmakers have cleared a $622.1 million funding package for response efforts that aim to help mitigate the threat from the Zika virus and prevent its spread. The Zika Response Appropriations Act received a vote of 241-184 to approve fiscal year 2016 funds for agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, …

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