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House Lawmakers Say Legislation Would Help US Move Forward in Cyber Norm-Setting Process

Cyber Diplomacy

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said a cybersecurity bill that was reintroduced in the House would create a diplomatic path for the federal government to define norms and boundaries in cyberspace. A bipartisan group of five House members revived the Cyber Diplomacy Act in Feb. 2021 to establish an international cyberspace policy at the State Department. 

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Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Support Privacy Enhancing Tech; Rep. Haley Stevens Quoted

Rep. Haley Stevens

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.; and Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; with Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich.; and Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Okla., have introduced a bill to promote the development of privacy enhancing technologies and corresponding standards. The Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act would task the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further support PET research for data security applications. 

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House OKs Bill to Codify FedRAMP, Create Federal Cloud Advisory Panel

FedRAMP Incident

The House has passed a bipartisan bill by voice vote that seeks to codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and establish an advisory panel that would coordinate procurement and cybersecurity efforts under the governmentwide cloud computing initiative. GSA found that the number of agencies reusing certified platforms under the program rose 50 percent during fiscal 2020.

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CAE Names Ben Nicholson VP of Washington Operations; Ray Duquette Quoted

Ben Nicholson

CAE has appointed Ben Nicholson as vice president of Washington Operations, effective December 14, 2020. He will bring experience in government and legislative relations as well as public policy. “He has an extensive background in government relations and a thorough understanding of national security businesses and will be an important addition to the CAE team," said Ray Duquette president and general manager of CAE. 

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Reps. David Schweikert, Darren Soto Present Bill to Redefine Blockchain Terms

Blockchain Technology

Reps. David Schweikert, (R-Ariz.), and Darren Soto, (D-Fla.) have reintroduced a bill to define concepts essential to the use of blockchain technology in the country. The Blockchain Records and Transaction Act would redefine the terms “electronic records” and “electronic agent” with expanded meanings, and establish definitions for terms “smart contracts” and “blockchain,” Schweikert's office said Tuesday.

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Sens. Rob Portman, Brian Schatz Introduce Deepfake Report Act for 2021

Deepfake Tech

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, have presented a renewed bill to address the issue of deepfakes, realistic images that may falsely depict people or events via digital manipulation and artificial intelligence. The newer 2021 Deepfake Report Act is proposed as an NDAA amendment.

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House Members Present Bill to Create New Cyber Adviser in White House

White House

Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.; Will Hurd, R-Texas and two-time Wash100 Award recipient; Mike Gallagher, R-Wis.; Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; John Katko, R-N.Y.; and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. have jointly introduced a bill that aims to establish a new cybersecurity executive role in the White House.

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Sens. Rob Portman, Martin Heinrich Present Bill to Boost DoD AI Workforce

AI Workforce

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., have introduced a bill that aims to fortify the artificial intelligence workforce at the Department of Defense. The Artificial Intelligence for the Armed Forces Act, a bipartisan bill, would require DoD to create and implement a program for AI training and certification, Portman's office said Tuesday.

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Senate Committee OKs Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal 2021; Sen. Mark Warner Quoted

Sen. Mark Warner

The intelligence-focused committee within the Senate has passed a bill that aims to bolster the continued performance of the U.S. intelligence community. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Wednesday that it's given its approval of the Fiscal Year 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act that provides the IC with new funds, authorities and boosted congressional oversight.

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