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House Committee to Take Up $7.4B Federal Vehicle Electrification Bill

Capitol Hill

House Oversight and Reform Committee members plan to vote on a $7.4 billion spending bill that seeks to grow the federal government's fleet of electric vehicles. The legislation, which the panel could take up Thursday, includes $5 billion for vehicle purchases by the General Services Administration (GSA) and another $2.4 billion for the U.S. Postal Service to buy EVs and support infrastructure.

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2 Congressmen Propose Bill on Special Emergency Reimbursement for Contractors

Capitol Hill

Reps. Anthony Brown, D-Md., and Rob Wittman, R-Va., have introduced legislation that would authorize the Department of Defense (DOD) to reimburse contractors if a disaster prevents them from performing on-site work. The Just In Case Act would give the defense secretary authority to use discretion in making special emergency reimbursements. 

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Bipartisan Bill Would Require AI Training for Federal Acquisition Professionals

Machine Learning

A bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would mandate the creation of a training program for federal employees tasked with procuring artificial intelligence platforms. The Artificial Intelligence Training for the Acquisition Workforce Act is intended to help government buyers to learn the potential advantages and risks from the emerging technology. 

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Senate Passes Bill to Support Small Business Federal Contracting; Sen. Gary Peters Quoted

Sen. Gary Peters

The Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) has passed a bill that aims to help U.S. small businesses pursue contracting opportunities with the federal government. The PRICE Act — introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa — seeks to address the reluctance of some agencies towards the Small Business Administration’s programs.

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Senate Bill Would Require CISA to Help Companies With Industrial Control System Security

Industrial Control System

A bipartisan group of four senators has introduced legislation that would mandate the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to provide companies technical assistance to identify and fix vulnerabilities in systems used to manage industrial operations. Sens. Mark Rubio, R-Fla.; Gary Peters, D-Mich.; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and Mark Warner, D-Va. and three-time Wash100 Award winner, are the bill's sponsors.

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Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation to Require Cyber Incident Reporting; Sen. Mark Warner Quoted

Password Management

A bipartisan legislation was introduced Wednesday in an effort to make cyber intrusion reporting a federal requirement and, partly, in response to the hacking incidents that affected the Colonial Pipeline, information technology management firm SolarWinds and other public and private entities. The reports are expected to support the government's efforts in safeguarding critical industries.

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

Critical Technology

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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Bipartisan Bill Would Create Semiconductor Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit; Sen. Ron Wyden Quoted

Microelectronic Tech

A bipartisan group of six senators proposed creating a 25 percent tax incentive for companies that will invest in equipment and facilities needed to manufacture semiconductors. The tax credit proposal is part of the Facilitating American-Built Semiconductors Act sponsored by Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Mark Warner, D-Va.; Steve Daines, R-Mont.; and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

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Sen. Mark Warner: Mandatory Cyber Threat Reporting Bill in the Works

Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said the Senate Intelligence Committee is developing a bipartisan bill to incentivize companies to disclose cyber vulnerabilities as an early warning to government authorities and critical infrastructure operators. Warner, a three-time Wash100 Award recipient, cited the SolarWinds hack as an example of how a sophisticated cyber adversary could launch attacks on any entity and the challenge of addressing the threat.

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