President Trump has signed a new executive order encouraging companies to “buy American” products as they receive contracts to work with the federal government on infrastructure projects. The White House said Thursday that the policy's goal is boosting the use of U.S.-made goods, products and materials. In particular, iron, steel, aluminum and cement, in federal contracts and financial assistance programs.Read More »
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to establish a new council that will work to encourage investments in urban and economically distressed areas. The secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the assistant to the president for domestic policy will respectively serve as chairman and vice chair of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, according to the executive order published Wednesday.Read More »
David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, told Government Matters in an interview aired Tuesday about industry’s concerns once the Defense Department takes over the governmentwide program for security clearances from the Office of Personnel Management. Berteau mentioned some of those concerns, including the volume of the clearance backlog, background investigation process, funding and reciprocity.
President Donald Trump plans to authorize the Defense Department to oversee the governmentwide program for security clearances through an executive order, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. Sources said the Pentagon plans to combine the National Background Investigations Bureau with the Defense Security Service and other DoD components to establish the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency to oversee the security clearance process.Read More »
President Donald Trump has released a national strategy that outlines the administration’s action plans to build up cyber defense capabilities and safeguard the country from cyber threats. A White House fact sheet published Thursday says the National Cyber Strategy consists of four pillars and one of those is to ensure the security of federal networks and critical infrastructure.Read More »
President Donald Trump has released an executive order that aims to protect U.S. elections from potential foreign interference. A White House fact sheet published Wednesday says the executive order would authorize sanctions and other measures against foreign individuals found to have engaged in election interference.Read More »
The Government Accountability Office has called on Congress and the White House to ask several questions that could help evaluate reform efforts of federal agencies. GAO said in a report published Friday those questions are divided into four categories: goals and outcomes; process for reform developments; reform implementation; and strategic management of the …Read More »
The Energy Department has released a report that assesses the risk of cyber threats to the U.S. power grid. DOE said Wednesday the report “Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities” was prepared in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order that aims to build up the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and …Read More »