Tag Archives: House

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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FY 2021 NDAA Contains Provision to Improve Transparency in Federal Programs

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 contains a provision that would direct federal agencies to report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the cost and performance of their programs as part of efforts to improve transparency. The Senate on Friday passed the $740.5B NDAA days after the House voted 335-78 to approve the annual defense policy bill.

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Six Lawmakers Unveil House Space Force Caucus

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Six House lawmakers have launched a new caucus to advocate on behalf of the U.S. Space Force. The House Space Force Caucus was formed by Reps. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.; Kendra Horn, D-Okla.; Brian Babin, R-Texas; Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; and Charlie Crist, D-Fla. The caucus will support Department of the Air Force and the Space Force.

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AI Commission Talks Digital Academy, Reserve Corps at House Subcommittee Hearing; NCSAI Chairman Eric Schmidt Quoted

AI Workforce

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) told a House subcommittee Thursday that bold measures are needed to enhance the government’s artificial intelligence workforce and one of NSCAI’s recommendations is the creation of a “digital academy." The commission also suggested the creation of a digital reserve corps

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House Lawmakers Propose $28B State and Local IT Modernization and Cybersecurity Act; Rep. Jim Langevin Quoted

Cybersecurity Act

Several House lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allocate $28 billion in federal funds to modernize and improve the security of information technology systems of state and local government agencies in response to a recommendation by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission in a recent white paper.

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House OKs $1.3T Appropriations Minibus for FY 2021

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The House on Friday voted 217-197 to pass a package of six appropriations bills that would allocate $1.3 trillion in fiscal year 2021 funds for several federal agencies, including the departments of Defense (DoD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Energy (DoE), Commerce (DOC) and Justice (DOJ).

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

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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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