Tag Archives: Congress

Chuck Rettig: IRS Speeds Up Programming, ‘Health Testing’ for IT Systems Amid Budget Uncertainty

Chuck Rettig

Chuck Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), said the IRS has expedited “health testing” and programming work on information technology systems partly due to uncertainty over the passage of a comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2021 in Congress before a stopgap measure ends on Dec. 11th. The IRS introduced a six-year IT modernization initiative in April 2020. 

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve IoT Cybersecurity; Rep. Robin Kelly Quoted

Rep. Robin Kelly

The Senate has voted to pass legislation seeking to establish foundational standards for internet-connected technologies acquired by the U.S. government to help ensure the security of internet of things networks. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., received unanimous approval in the House and was also unanimously passed in the Senate this week. 

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Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Lauren Underwood Introduce Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act

Sen. Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., have proposed a bill to improve oversight of federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture. “The Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act would prevent civilian agencies from punting cybersecurity down the road indefinitely, leaving Americans' data open for attack from hackers and foreign spies," said Wyden.

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Commerce Dept’s Mark Daley Offers Update on Space Traffic Management Transition Effort

Mark Daley

Mark Daley, deputy for operations at the office of space commerce, said a memorandum of understanding could be signed soon that would facilitate the transfer of space traffic management responsibilities from the Pentagon to the Department of Commerce (DOC). DoD and Commerce have been working together to facilitate the transition once Congress allocates funding and issues authorities. 

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Report: GAO Helped Federal Agencies Generate $77.6B in FY 2020 Savings

FY2020 Savings

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report saying it helped the federal government saved $77.6 billion in spending in fiscal year 2020. The figure represents a return of $114 for every dollar Congress invested in GAO. GAO said it has helped agencies make 1,132 improvements in government operations. 

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Lisa Watson-Morgan: NASA Eyes Ways to Stretch Out Funding for HLS Program

Lisa Watson-Morgan

Lisa Watson-Morgan, Human Landing System (HLS) program manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said the HLS program is considering “some interesting methods” that could help stretch out its budget for an additional month or so in the event that Congress faces further delays in passing a final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021. 

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Nand Mulchandani on JAIC’s Acquisition Approach, Joint Warfighting Initiative

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), told National Defense in an interview published Monday that JAIC has partnerships with two contracting vehicle organizations and that Congress is working on a bill to provide the center direct acquisition authority. Register here to attend ArchIntel’s first virtual event: AI in Competitive Intelligence Forum.

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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

DHS

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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