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Sen. John Howley Proposes Bill to Protect National Security, Sensitive Personal Data

Sen. John Hawley, R-Mo., has proposed legislation that seeks to protect U.S. citizens' personal data from hostile foreign nations that may pose security risks. The National Security and Personal Data Protection Act would prohibit the transmission of user data or encryption keys to foreign countries such as China and storage of information there, Hawley's office said Monday.

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Rep. Ro Khanna Presents Bill to Require Federal Employee Cybersecurity Training

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that aims to codify cybersecurity training as a requirement for federal employees. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Training for Federal Employees Act would have the Office of Management and Budget mandate federal personnel to understand cybersecurity and IoT device risks, Khanna's office said Monday.

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Reps. Suzan DelBene, John Katko Sponsor Bill to Address IoT Requirements

Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and John Katko R-N.Y., presented a bill supporting the growing use of internet of things devices. The IoT Readiness Act would task the Federal Communications Commission to provide lawmakers with data required to continue the development of IoT devices, Delbene's office said Wednesday

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Lawmakers Urge NGA to Drive GEOINT Automation Efforts

The House passed a bill on Wednesday directing the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to accelerate its efforts to implement automation for GEOINT activities and report progress on such programs, C4ISRnet reported Friday. The bill requires NGA to brief the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence on its strategy to deploy automated capabilities to enable staff to rapidly process imaging data and conduct related data analyses.

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House Members Introduce Bill to Support Small Business Programs; Rep. Haley Stevens Quoted

Reps. Jim Baird, R-Ind., Haley Stevens, D-Mich., and Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., introduced a bill to support small business research and development programs. The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act would require the Small Business Association to annually report to Congress on SBIR and STTR programs, Baird’s office said Wednesday.

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Rep. Brian Babin Introduces Cybersecurity Bill for Research Projects

Rep. Brian Babin new legislation to secure research efforts from potential cyberattacks. Co-authored by Reps. Roger Marshall, Randy Weber, Ralph Norman, Jim Baird and Anthony Gonzalez, the Securing American Research from Cyber Theft Act seeks to build computing environments to house sensitive projects to mitigate theft from foreign actors, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology said Monday.

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Senate to Develop NASA Human Spaceflight Bill

Sens. Ted Cruz, Roger Wicker, Krysten Sinema and Maria Cantwell have collaborated to create a bill to help NASA direct its human spaceflight activities, SpaceNews reported Friday. The unnamed legislation follows a filed Mars exploration bill in 2017 and will support commercial space initiatives for manned Moon missions by 2024.

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