Tag Archives: James Lankford

Bicameral Legislation Team Introduce Bill to Protect Sensitive Research; Sen. Angus King Quoted

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Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Susan Wild, D-Pa., partnered with Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and James Lankford, R-Okla., to present a bill that aims to secure critical U.S. research from China, Russia and other foreign threats. The bicameral bill would task the secretary of state to identify allied countries that pursue critical technology research in partnership with the U.S.

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Year-End Spending Bill Includes Local Gov’t Cybersecurity Language

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The $1.4 trillion spending package approved by President Trump contains a provision that mandates the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) to help local agencies create online portals and email accounts with the .gov domain. The provision directs the DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to develop an outreach strategy and make resources available to assist local governments in the .gov transition process.

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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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Sen. James Lankford: Federal Gov’t Must Assess Industry Best Practices on Telework

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Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., has said the federal government needs to reinvent its telework policies and ensure that emerging cybersecurity threats are “seriously considered” in policy dialogues. “We have a responsibility to ensure federal workforce strategies are relevant, cost effective and well thought out," he said.

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Gregory Slavonic Performs Duties of Navy Undersecretary


Gregory Slavonic, assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs, is carrying out the responsibilities and duties of the service’s undersecretary in addition to his current role, USNI News reported Tuesday. The undersecretary role is a Senate-confirmed post vacated by Thomas Modly, who also served as acting secretary of the Navy, after he stepped down in early April.

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Bipartisan Senate Group Introduces Bill to Support Local Cybersecurity; Sen. Amy Klobuchar Quoted

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Gary Peters, D-Mich., Ron Johnson., Wis.., and James Lankford, R-Okla., have presented a bill that aims to bolster the cybersecurity of local governments via further implementation of the .gov domain. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act would task the Department of Homeland of Security to help local governments adopt the .gov for email addresses and websites, Klobuchar's office said Wednesday.

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Inspector General Group Unveils Online Platform for Federal Whistleblowers; Michael Horowitz Quoted

The Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency introduced an online tool to inform whistleblowers about their rights and process for reporting abuse, waste and fraud at agencies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The new page on the Oversight website is in the "beta" phase and includes information on the inspector general hotline, the Government Accountability Office’s FraudNet portal and the Office of Special Counsel’s disclosure unit. 

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Sens. Lankford, Hassan Introduce Government Customer Service Assessment Bill

Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced a bill intending to better examine and deliver the way federal agencies provide customer service to U.S. citizens. The Federal Agency Customer Experience act would task agencies to conduct surveys and gather input on overall satisfaction, accomplishment of goals, customer treatment and timeliness regarding government customer service, Lankford's office said Wednesday.

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Navy Schedules Commissioning of Future USS Tulsa

The U.S. Navy has set a commissioning ceremony for LCS 16, the Independence-class littoral combat ship to be named USS Tulsa on Saturday at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, Calif. Kathy Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa, Okla., will order the activation of the vessel as the ship's sponsor. Sen. James Lankford will administer the ceremony's principal address, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

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Senate Panel OKs Government Reorganization Measure

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed on Wednesday a bill that would authorize the White House to implement a government reorganization plan, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) sponsored the Reforming Government Act of 2018 that would allow Congress to clear reorganization proposals through a simple majority of 51 votes to accelerate passage of such plans.

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