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Bill to Establish IoT Device Standards Passed at House

The House passed a bipartisan bill to optimize the security of internet-connected devices. Authored by Sens. Mark Warner and Cory Gardner, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 will require all government-owned devices to meet security standards, the office of Mark Warner said Wednesday

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Chinese Investments in US Startups Drop Amid Wider Scrutiny of Tech Deals

Chinese-backed venture capital firms are closing U.S. offices, reducing their U.S. investments or changing the structure of their investments to avoid scrutiny from government regulators as U.S. startups shy away from Chinese investors amid rising tensions between the two countries, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Research firm Rhodium Group said Chinese investments in U.S. startups hit record levels in early 2018 but started to drop in May 2018.

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Congress Showing Support for New Space Development Agency

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, said that lawmakers are showing interest in supporting the newly-established agency, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. The Pentagon stood up SDA to help utilize commercial technologies to accelerate development of space systems in March.

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents Will Hurd, U.S. Representative of Texas, His Second Consecutive Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and chief executive officer of Executive Mosaic, presented Will Hurd, U.S. Representative of Texas, with his second consecutive Wash100 Award on Monday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Hurd for his efforts to strengthen U.S. national security, including government reform, information technology, homeland security and intelligence.

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HASC Chairman Adam Smith Proposes Smaller Space Armed Service

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said during a meeting that HASC has agreed to vote for the authorization of a Space-focused service branch that won't necessarily be named the Space Force, Space News reported Monday. He spoke with other HASC officials on the establishment of what may instead become a Space Corps under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Rep. Michael McCaul Introduces Bipartisan Cyberattack Response Bill

Rep. Michael McCaul unveiled a legislation seeking to mitigate destructive effects caused by cyberattacks. The Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Incident Response Teams Act will authorize first responders to assist in repelling cyberattacks and repairing affected networks, the office of Michael McCaul said Monday.

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Coast Guard Seeking Funds for Modernized Patrol Cutters, Aircraft

Adm. Daniel Abel, the U.S. Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for operations, said during a House hearing that he aims to address USCG’s efforts to modernize its legacy assets, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. “As a branch of the armed forces, we have not benefited from some of the rises in operating budget that we would hope,” he said.

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House Committee Seeks Cybersecurity Verification to Address Navy’s Afloat Network Funds

The House Armed Services Committee intends to reduce the Navy's at-sea network funds if the secretary of defense does not confirm the service branch's compliance with certain cybersecurity recommendations, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The secretary must work with the Department of Defense's chief information officer to prove the compliance of the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services with a certain, classified inspector general report. 

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New Draft Bill Proposes $35M for 2020 Tech Modernization Fund

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft bill that allots $35 million for the 2020 Technology Modernization Fund, exhibiting a $10 million boost from 2019's TMF allotment, Nextgov reported Monday. The proposed amount under the Financial Services and General Government draft bill, however, is below the Trump Administration's requested budget of $150 million.

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