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FCC Eyes Change in Aviation Safety Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission proposes to modify policy on its Aviation Radio Service to accommodate modern avionics technology, boost aeronautical spectrum efficiency and promote aviation safety. FCC said Thursday its changed rules are designed to modernize communications between aircraft and ground-based telecommunications stations.

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Notice of an Initial Enrollment Period for Our Electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service

The Social Security Administration will open the enrollment period for an electronic system developed to help permitted entities accept electronic consents. The Consent Based Social Security Number Verification tool works to validate if an SSN holder's information matches social security records, the agency said Friday.

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Dept of State Eyes Cybersecurity Diplomacy Bureau

The Department of State plans to build a bureau to lead cybersecurity-related diplomatic efforts and work to prevent cyber conflict, Cyberscoop reported Wednesday. The department proposes the creation of the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies. The proposed bureau's establishment would require 80 staff and a $20.8 million budget, the report noted.

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House Committee Seeks Cybersecurity Verification to Address Navy’s Afloat Network Funds

The House Armed Services Committee intends to reduce the Navy's at-sea network funds if the secretary of defense does not confirm the service branch's compliance with certain cybersecurity recommendations, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The secretary must work with the Department of Defense's chief information officer to prove the compliance of the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services with a certain, classified inspector general report. 

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New Draft Bill Proposes $35M for 2020 Tech Modernization Fund

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft bill that allots $35 million for the 2020 Technology Modernization Fund, exhibiting a $10 million boost from 2019's TMF allotment, Nextgov reported Monday. The proposed amount under the Financial Services and General Government draft bill, however, is below the Trump Administration's requested budget of $150 million.

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David Norquist: Potential Caps to Reprogrammed DoD Funds Would Drive ‘Significant Challenges’

David Norquist, acting deputy defense secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said that Congress’ potential restrictions on the Department of Defense’s reprogramming authority for funding will pose “significant challenges” and obstruct efforts to address evolving needs, Defense News reported Thursday.

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Dunford: Military Should Put Capabilities Over Force Expansion

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. military should prioritize new capabilities over additional forces to maintain dominance amid modernization of adversaries, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. He said defense officials should avoid over expanding forces, which could affect how the military acquires high-tech capabilities. 

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Congress Modernization Select Committee Approves Transparency Recommendations; Rep. Derek Kilmer Quoted

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress accepted a set of five recommendations to increase the public transparency of the Congress' internal activity. The committee said Thursday that it will document these recommendations into a report to serve as guidance for involved groups within congress.

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Senate Bill Calls on DoD to Utilize Commercial Spaceports for SmallSat Launches

A Senate committee is requiring the Department of Defense to maximize commercial spaceports to launch small satellites and expand the involvement of commercial capabilities in the agency’s space operations, SpaceNews reported Monday. The Senate Armed Services Committee issued its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, which includes amendments to support the growing small launch industry.

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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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