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Christopher Krebs: CISA’s Volunteer Border Deployment Won’t Impact Agency Operations

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency and 2019 Wash100 awardee, said CISA’s volunteer border patrol work will not affect operations during a Georgetown University Law Center conference, Cyberscoop reported Wednesday. Ten of the Department of Homeland Security agency’s almost 3,500 employees have volunteered for temporary deployment at the southern border and an additional 10 will join the group.

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DoD Looks to Cut Regulations, Processes for Rapid Tech Acquisition

The official managing the Department of Defense’s acquisition enablers initiative sets policy updates and less acquisition regulations and cybersecurity standards as top priorities to accelerate adoption of new military capabilities, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. “If we can create a more modular approach to the way that we buy capabilities, we can deliver them faster,” Stacy Cummings, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for acquisition enablers, said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

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Suzette Kent: OMB Working on Automated Tech Policy for Federal Agencies

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and 2019 Wash100 winner, said at a Department of Labor meeting that the Office of Management and Budget is “working aggressively” to develop automated technology policies, Nextgov reported Thursday. Kent told reporters at the closed-door meeting in Washington, D.C. that automated technology policy requires a lot of planning with various agencies which have different missions and controls.

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Senate Committee Passes Bill to Modernize Constituent Services Process

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill to streamline congressional offices' process in reaching federal agencies on behalf of constituents. The Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services for Constituents act would allow constituents to electronically authorize their representation in congressional offices for engagements with federal agencies, the office of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Wednesday.

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Sen. Josh Hawley Intros 2019 China Tech Transfer Control Act

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced a bill to exert more control on U.S. exports to China and admonish the latter for trade practices intended to exploit American technology. Hawley’s office said in a statement published Tuesday that the 2019 China Technology Transfer Control Act intends to prevent China from acquiring U.S. intellectual property to develop its military capabilities. 

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Joint Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford Receives 2019 NDIA Eisenhower Award

Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received the Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association for his leadership of the unit in national security efforts, the Department of Defense said Sunday. The award recognizes U.S. citizens that demonstrate strategic impact and leadership in national security and industrial base issues. 

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CBO Predicts Pentagon May Spend More on Space Force Than Reported

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government may spend up to $3 billion in taxpayer money and add $1.3 billion to the Pentagon’s annual budget to establish and run President Trump’s proposed Space Force. The figure comes from CBO’s newly-released analysis of the personnel requirements and costs of proposed military space organizations. Defense officials have said the Space Force would cost nearly $2 billion over the next five years and require $500 million annually to operate. 

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Lawmakers Reintroduce Federal AI Legislation

A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Artificial Intelligence in Government Act to provide technical expertise throughout agencies and develop federal AI policy. The office of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said in a statement released Wednesday that Portman as well as Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., seek to improve federal agencies’ implementation of AI to provide better benefits to the general public. 

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Navy Leaders Discuss Budget, Readiness at 2019 Sea-Air-Space Expo

Rear Adm. John Nowell, the U.S. Navy’s director of military personnel plans and policy, said that the service’s biggest challenge in readiness is “maintaining a stable and predictable budget,” the Navy said Tuesday. Nowell noted during the recent Sea-Air-Space exposition in Maryland that his office is addressing the Navy’s gaps in readiness that were identified in fiscal 2018.

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GAO: DoD Tech Acquisition Costs Increased Despite Major Reforms

The Government Accountability Office found that the Pentagon continues increasing its spending on new weapons capabilities despite recent major acquisition reforms aiming to limit cost growth in the agency’s modernization efforts. GAO issued Tuesday its annual assessment of the Department of Defense’s tech spending in the past two years. 

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