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Bill to Establish IoT Device Standards Passed at House

The House passed a bipartisan bill to optimize the security of internet-connected devices. Authored by Sens. Mark Warner and Cory Gardner, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 will require all government-owned devices to meet security standards, the office of Mark Warner said Wednesday

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Nearly 100 Lawmakers Pushing for More F-35s for US Military

A bipartisan group of 99 House lawmakers agreed to increase the U.S. military’s fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft to reduce maintenance cost and address growing threats of other countries’ missile systems and stealth fighters, Defense News reported Monday. The Joint Strike Fighter Caucus sent a letter to House leaders calling for 12 additional F-35As and 12 F-35Bs for President Trump’s 2020 budget request.

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Reps. Khanna, Lawrence Sponsor Resolution for AI Ethics

Two members of Congress, Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., introduced a resolution calling for ethical standards to guide the field of artificial intelligence. H.RES. 153 supports cooperation among industry, government, academia and civil institutions in the field, promoting transparency of AI systems and processes, protecting private and personal information, boosting career opportunities in the sector and maintaining the safety of its platforms, Khanna said Thursday.

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Coast Guard Receives $655M in FY 2019 Funds for New Heavy Icebreaker

Congress has earmarked $655M in fiscal year 2019 funds for the construction of the lead ship for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new fleet of Polar Security Cutters to aid Arctic missions, USNI News reported Friday. The Coast Guard will also receive $20M to procure long lead time materials for a second heavy icebreaker under the Department of Homeland Security’s FY 2019 appropriations measure.

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Trump Imposes Federal Pay Freeze via Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Friday released an executive order that imposes a freeze on the salary of federal employees, CNN reported Wednesday. The policy cancels a proposed 2.1 percent salary raise and “locality pay increase,” which are scheduled to take effect in January.

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OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Named Interim White House Chief of Staff

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been selected by President Donald Trump to serve as White House chief of staff on an acting basis, The Washington Post reported Friday. Mulvaney will replace John Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who will continue to serve in his current role through the end of 2018.

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Trump OKs Measure to Establish New DHS Cyber Agency

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that would form a new cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act will create a new DHS agency to “lead the federal government’s civilian response to these cyber threats against our nation,” Trump said in a statement published Friday.

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Congress OKs Bill to Create New Cyber Agency at DHS

A bill that would establish a cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security is now headed to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature after Congress passed the measure. The House on Tuesday unanimously approved the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act a month after the Senate passed the legislation, DHS said Tuesday.

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