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Lawmakers Want DoD Innovation Hub Report Prior to Full Funding Release

BudgetThe House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities panel wants the Defense Department to submit a series of reports on its new innovation center before releasing the hub’s full funding, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Joe Gould writes the House subcommittee released its portion of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which seeks to limit funds for the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental’s expansion until DoD completes the required plans and reports.

DoD would have access to 80 percent of the $45 million President Barack Obama allocated for DIUx under the fiscal 2017 budget request until the department hands the charter report to the congressional defense committees, Gould adds.

Lawmakers have also expressed concerns on what they say is the focus on a particular geographic region, Nextgov reported Friday.

DIUx serves as Pentagon’s key Silicon Valley outreach effort and was established in 2015 as part of an effort to tap nontraditional companies for emerging technologies, Jack Moore reports.

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