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White House Introduces Legislative Proposal to Reorganize OPM Into GSA

The White House sent a bill to Congress to authorize the transition of the Office of Personnel Management to the General Services Administration, Government Executive reported Thursday. Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) saying the proposal seeks to move OPM’s functions and resources to GSA, including information technology, human resources, health and insurance services.

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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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Lawmakers Fear China-Backed Huawei May Control 5G

Senators expressed concerns that Huawei’s plan to offer 5G network equipment to U.S. allies could put international government and military communications at risk of disruptions, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said during a recent hearing that allowing the China-backed company to provide and manage the technology internationally may affect global communications, intelligence sharing and military operations. 

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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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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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Sens. Lankford, Hassan Introduce Government Customer Service Assessment Bill

Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced a bill intending to better examine and deliver the way federal agencies provide customer service to U.S. citizens. The Federal Agency Customer Experience act would task agencies to conduct surveys and gather input on overall satisfaction, accomplishment of goals, customer treatment and timeliness regarding government customer service, Lankford's office said Wednesday.

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Defense Official Says Military Needs to Bolster Space Technology

Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, said that the U.S. must do more and adapt new organizations, policies, doctrine, capabilities and joint force employment to retain military dominance in space.

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Air Force Releasing Final Nat’l Security Space Launch RFP in April

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, the U.S. Air Force’s Space And Missile Systems Center commander, said the military branch is releasing a final launch services solicitation within the next two weeks, Space News reported Wednesday. Thompson noted in a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces that competition for the National Security Space Launch program must push through according to schedule despite industry concerns.

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