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Senators Propose Bill to Permanently End Government Shutdowns

Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to the Senate to permanently end the implementation of a government shutdown. The End Government Shutdowns Act would create an automatic continuing resolution to keep federal agencies operating when lawmakers failed to meet budget negotiation deadlines, according to a Senate statement released Friday.

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Senators Pushing Contract Worker Protection Bill Due to Government Shutdown

Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., plan to introduce a bill providing for the back pay of contractor employees who have not received salaries due to the government shutdown. The shutdown has reduced the work hours and pay of contractor workers such as janitors, food staff and security personnel in the government, Smith's office said Friday.

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Senate Confirms Steven Dillingham as Census Bureau Director

Steven Dillingham, President Trump's nominee for director of the U.S. Census Bureau, has received senate confirmation, The Washington Post reported Thursday. He will lead the nation's census efforts including the upcoming 2020 survey, and oversee the hiring of staff to support the bureau's mission over a tenure ending on Dec. 31, 2021.

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Senate Confirms James Gfrerer as VA’s Information, Technology Leader

James Gfrerer, President Trump’s nominee for assistant secretary of information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has received senate confirmation to fill the role, FCW reported Thursday. He holds years of cybersecurity experience, having previously contributed to Ernst and Young, the U.S. Marine Corps and various interagency programs.

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Kelvin Droegemeier Confirmed as Office of Science & Technology Policy Director

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier, a former member of the National Science Board, as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Federal Times reported Thursday. President Donald Trump announced in late July his intent to nominate Droegemeier for the lead role at OSTP.

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Senate OKs Bill Exploring Analog, Non-Digital Systems to Protect US Power Grid

Senate approved a bill that would require the Energy Department to launch a program aiming to use analog, non-digital and physical systems to protect U.S. electric power grids from cyber attacks, Nextgov recently reported. The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act would provide $10M for a two-year pilot program led by Energy’s national laboratories and backed by the agency’s industry partners.

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Report: FY 2018 NDAA Amendments Direct DoD CIO to Set IT Standards, Review Budgets

Congress provided the chief information officer at the Department of Defense with additional authorities and responsibilities through new provisions that took effect Tuesday, Jan. 1, as part of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization measure, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The amendments would direct the DoD CIO to develop, publish and adopt standards for all cyber and information technology capabilities that operate on networks of service branches and defense agencies.

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