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House Clears Stopgap Bill to Extend Federal Funding Through December

House Stopgap Bill

The House has voted 359-57 to pass a continuing resolution in a push to prevent a government shutdown at the start of the next fiscal year in October. The stopgap bill extends federal agencies’ funding through Dec. 11th and covers provisions related to continuing COVID-19 response programs including food-stamp initiatives and childcare efforts. 

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GAO: Congress Should Define Central Leadership Role to Oversee Cyber Strategy Implementation

Cyber Strategy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on Congress to consider drafting a bill to designate a leader in the White House to oversee the government’s cybersecurity efforts including the implementation of the National Cyber Strategy. GAO identified 23 federal agencies responsible for cybersecurity improvement efforts and found that some agencies have developed initiatives.

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PSC Comments on CARES Act Section 3610; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has commented on the extension of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Section 3610, Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act that was released on Sept. 21, 2020. PSC recently requested that Congress extend Section 3610, noting its success during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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House Panel Proposes Stopgap Bill to Fund Government Through Dec. 11th; Nita Lowey Quoted

US Capitol

The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a continuing resolution that would fund government operations through Dec. 11th in order to prevent a government shutdown once the new fiscal year begins in October. The bill would appropriate funds for the U.S. Navy to award a contract to facilitate the procurement of two Columbia-class submarines. 

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GAO: VA Should Address Cybersecurity, IT Modernization Challenges

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implement security controls, manage information technology supply chain risks and establish elements of its cybersecurity risk management program as it pursues IT modernization efforts. VA has made strides when it comes to achieving data center consolidation goals and improving software licensing. 

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House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve IoT Cybersecurity Standards; Rep. Will Hurd Quoted

Rep. Will Hurd

The House has passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., that seeks to fortify the security posture of U.S. internet of things (IoT) networks. The 2020 IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act awaits Senate approval and requires all government-owned IoT devices to undergo vetting procedures to ensure supply-chain accountability. 

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Bipartisan Team Presents Bill to Better Protect Digital Identities; Rep. Barry Loudermilk Quoted

Rep. Barry Loudermilk

Reps. Bill Foster, D-Ill., John Katko, R-N.Y., Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., and Jim Langevin, D-R.I., have introduced a bill to bolster the security of digital identities in the U.S. Improving Digital Identity Act would develop ways to securely verify digital identities and create a homeland security program through which states could update identity credential systems.

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Steven Mnuchin Agree on Continuing Resolution Ahead of FY 2021

US Capitol

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have entered into an agreement to introduce a short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown at the start of fiscal year 2021. Mnuchin said that he and the House speaker agreed to work on a continuing resolution to extend the US government’s spending beyond Sept. 30.

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White House Seeks Help for Navy’s Advance Columbia-Class Submarine Program

Columbia-class Submarine

The White House has asked Congress to exempt the U.S. Navy’s Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program and other initiatives from restrictions in a continuing resolution that could block funding for “new start” programs. The Senate and House have begun discussions to pass a stopgap funding bill before the end of September to avert a government shutdown. 

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FCC Identifies Telecom Carriers Using Huawei, ZTE Equipment in Networks; Ajit Pai Quoted

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has identified telecommunications carriers and their affiliates that have reported using equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE in their networks and found that removing or replacing those equipment could cost all identified service providers about $1.8 billion.

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