Tag Archives: Congress

House, Senate NDAAs Seek to Address Supply Chain Security Risks Posed by China

U.S. Capitol

The Senate and House of Representatives have included provisions to address China-related supply chain security issues in their versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate’s NDAA version would require the secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) to “take security risks posed by at-risk vendors such as Huawei and ZTE into account when making overseas stationing decisions.”

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Committee Issues Report on COVID-19 Response-Related Challenges Facing Agencies

COVID-19

A Pandemic Response Accountability Committee report has identified the top challenges facing federal agencies in their COVID-19 pandemic response efforts and one of those is financial management. “Key areas of concern include both the need for accurate information concerning pandemic-related spending and the significant amount of money federal agencies may lose as the result of improper payments,” the PRAC said in the report.

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Wilbur Ross: Commerce Hopes NAPA Study to Help Congress Clarify Direction for Space Traffic Mgmt

Wilbur Ross

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has provided funding to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to conduct a study to determine which agency should be in charge of civil space traffic management work. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expects the NAPA study to be completed in the next two months, SpaceNews reported Friday.

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ITIF Report: Congress, Administration Should Take Additional Steps to Improve FedRAMP

FedRAMP

An Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) report says the Joint Authorization Board and the program management office for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) should require agencies to designate a FedRAMP liaison and conduct pilot programs to identify ways how to streamline the program to facilitate reviews and authorization of cloud services.

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Suzette Kent to Work With Lawmakers to Help Agencies Address IT Modernization Challenges

Suzette Kent

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said her office plans to work with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and other lawmakers in Congress to address information technology modernization-related challenges facing federal agencies, Federal News Network reported Monday.

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Ellen Lord: Pentagon Would Need Congress to Pass Supplemental Appropriations

Hon. Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said DoD may have to take some funds from its modernization and readiness accounts if Congress fails to provide supplemental budget amid mounting COVID-19 pandemic-related claims from the defense industry, Defense News reported Wednesday.

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Senate Committee OKs Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal 2021; Sen. Mark Warner Quoted

Sen. Mark Warner

The intelligence-focused committee within the Senate has passed a bill that aims to bolster the continued performance of the U.S. intelligence community. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Wednesday that it's given its approval of the Fiscal Year 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act that provides the IC with new funds, authorities and boosted congressional oversight.

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Sen. Maggie Hassan Wants Info on Agencies’ IT Modernization Plans, Priorities

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) has asked federal agencies about their efforts to modernize their legacy information technology systems, Nextgov reported Thursday. Hassan sent letters to the departments of Treasury, Defense and Homeland Security and seven other federal agencies to respond to six questions with regard to their IT modernization efforts by Aug. 3.

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