Tag Archives: Senate

Senate Passes Bill on AI-Driven IT Modernization; Sens. Rob Portman, Maggie Hassan Quoted

AI-Driven

The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., to help drive the government’s information technology implementation efforts in line with the Artificial Intelligence in Government Act. The AI CoE will provide technical assistance to agencies, support government AI procurement efforts and “promote U.S. competitiveness through agency and industry cooperation.”

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve IoT Cybersecurity; Rep. Robin Kelly Quoted

Rep. Robin Kelly

The Senate has voted to pass legislation seeking to establish foundational standards for internet-connected technologies acquired by the U.S. government to help ensure the security of internet of things networks. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., received unanimous approval in the House and was also unanimously passed in the Senate this week. 

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Correction to Our Previous Edition

GovConDaily Correction

GovConDaily incorrectly reported on Monday that Christopher C. Miller had been confirmed by the Senate as the Acting Secretary of Defense to assume the responsibilities of recently terminated Mark Esper. In fact, Mr. Miller has not been confirmed by the Senate for that role of SecDef. Rather, Mr. Miller was previously Senate confirmed as the head of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 

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Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner Now Senate-Confirmed for DISA Leadership Role

Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner

Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner has received Senate confirmation to lead the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as director, succeeding Vice Adm. Nancy Norton. He will rank up to lieutenant general for the role through which he will lead efforts to protect the Department of Defense's (DoD) enterprise infrastructure and operate joint command-and-control functions.

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Senate Confirms LtGen Michael Groen as JAIC Director

LTG Michael Groen

The U.S. Senate has confirmed LTG Michael Groen to be the new director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), the Department of Defense’s (DoD) division for developing and advancing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, FedScoop reported on Monday. With Groen’s recent confirmation, he has also been promoted to major general. 

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PSC Announces Approval of FY21 Continuing Resolution; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has announced its approval for the recent passage of FY21 Continuing Resolution by the U.S. Senate, PSC reported on Wednesday. The Council has also urged President Trump to sign the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act,” which would fund the government through Dec. 11th, 2020. 

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Jim Bridenstine Urges Senate Panel to Approve $3.2B NASA Funding for Artemis Effort

Jim Bridenstine

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, testified before a Senate panel to voice the agency’s intent to secure $3.2 billion in funding for the Artemis deep-space exploration program. The hearing comes shortly after the House voted to pass a stopgap bill to extend funding for federal agencies through December to prevent a government shutdown in October.

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Sen. James Lankford: Federal Gov’t Must Assess Industry Best Practices on Telework

James Lankford

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., has said the federal government needs to reinvent its telework policies and ensure that emerging cybersecurity threats are “seriously considered” in policy dialogues. “We have a responsibility to ensure federal workforce strategies are relevant, cost effective and well thought out," he said.

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Lawmakers Urge Senate Panel to Include Additional TMF Funding in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

US Capitol

Six lawmakers have called on the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to allot an additional $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund in the upcoming COVID-19 relief measure to support updates to federal information technology systems.

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