Tag Archives: House

House OKs Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, Suspend Borrowing Limit

Capitol Hill

The House on Tuesday voted 220-211 to pass a bill that would fund government operations through Dec. 3rd and suspend the debt limit through the end of 2022. The continuing resolution, which is now headed to the Senate, seeks to avoid a partial government shutdown by the end of fiscal year 2021 and prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its debts.

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Draft House NDAA Provisions Seek to Address Gap Between R&D, Acquisition

Pentagon

A draft of a House defense bill contains two provisions that would create a five-year pilot program to identify promising technologies and broaden Navy programs that promote innovation involving small businesses to help address the “valley of death” between research and acquisition in order to get the technology into the hands of warfighters.

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House Lawmakers Propose Secure Equipment Act of 2021; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Telecommunications

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., have proposed a bill to protect U.S. telecommunications networks from national security threats posed by equipment produced by Chinese state-backed companies. "This legislation will help protect our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of FCC. 

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Seeks to ‘Move at Speed’ Through Partnerships

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force, which was created in December 2019, is accelerating efforts to meet its near-term priorities. He said there has been a “critical elevation of capability” since the establishment of the Space Force. 

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House Lawmakers Ask OMB for IDEA Act Implementation Guidance

Federal Digital Workforce

House lawmakers have called on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to accelerate the issuance of guidance to federal agencies to facilitate the implementation of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act. The lawmakers made the request in a Thursday letter addressed to Shalanda Young, acting director of OMB.

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Lawmakers Call on White House to Fund Chip Manufacturing, Research

Semiconductor Research

A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to prioritize funding for semiconductor research and development and manufacturing at federal agencies as his administration works on a budget proposal for fiscal year 2022. The lawmakers called on the Biden administration to fund the programs authorized in the CHIPS for America Act

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House Lawmakers Call on White House to Cut DOD Budget

Capitol Hill

A group of 50 House lawmakers has asked President Biden to reassess spending priorities by reducing the Department of Defense’s budget to help pay for public health, research and other activities. “We could cut the Pentagon budget by more than ten percent and still spend more than the next ten largest militaries combined,” they added.

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Congressional Commission Recommends Stronger DOD Statement on Broader AI Adoption; Robert Work Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

Robert Work, vice chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said the U.S. must integrate autonomy and AI into systems warfare to stay ahead of adversaries. Eric Schmidt, chair of NSCAI, added that the Department of Defense needs to have a stronger stance on large-scale AI adoption. 

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Report: Senate’s Draft Coronavirus Relief Bill Seeks to Appropriate $1B for Tech Modernization Fund

Capitol Hill

A draft Senate bill seeks to authorize $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) within the General Services Administration (GSA). The Senate is expected to finalize the measure in the coming days. A proposal that seeks to earmark $9 billion for TMF failed to make it to the House-passed measure. 

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Bipartisan Law Seeks to Improve FEMA’s Advance Contracting Process; Rep. Bennie Thompson Quoted

Federal Emergency

President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill to improve the process of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding contracts before disasters strike to ensure readiness, Government Executive reported Monday. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced the bill in the lower chamber.

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