Congress

The Hill Gets Serious About Digital Services

The House of Representatives is launching a digital services team, after recommendations from the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

Connolly, Issa launch IT modernization caucus

The lawmakers behind the FITARA legislation are establishing a new caucus centered around IT modernization issues.

New FITARA Grades Show Agencies Failing to Transition Off Legacy Networking Services 

But agencies got all As on data center optimization, suggesting it may be time to retire or update that metric.

Biden Official Endorses Effort to Move Pipeline Cybersecurity Regulation to DOE

An emergency directive from the Transportation Security Administration following the Colonial Pipeline attack faced opposition from Senate Republicans after the industry complained they weren’t sufficiently consulted beforehand.

Lawmakers Propose Expanding Cybersecurity Support for Commercial Satellite Companies

New legislation would direct CISA to create a one-stop clearinghouse to help inform such entities.

Congress Losing a Heavy Hitter on Cybersecurity

Rep. Jim Langevin, co-chair and founder of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, will not seek re-election.

Hill Proposal Would Give Federal Employees a 5.1% Average Pay Raise in 2023

A bill from Democratic lawmakers would provide federal workers with a 4.1% across-the-board boost, along with an average 1% increase in locality pay.

Native American Advocates Discuss Barriers To Broadband Before Senate

A Senate Committee hearing focused on the digital divide in rural tribal areas, and where federal programs are falling short.

House FISMA Reform Would Empower Federal CISO With Budgeting Authority

Corresponding Senate legislation doesn’t mention the federal chief information security officer but shares other key elements—including a shorter incident reporting window—with a discussion draft issued by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

OPM To Publish Rule Implementing Law Protecting Feds from Discrimination, Whistleblower Retaliation

The Elijah E. Cummings Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act requires agencies to publish instances when they discriminated or retaliated against federal workers and encourages agencies to punish federal employees responsible for such acts.

Corrected: FedRAMP Bill Includes Transparency Provisions for New Advisory Council

The legislation would create a public-private advisory council that would be subject to most of the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The legacy of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is officially sunsetting after more than two years, dozens of recommendations and a slew of legislative changes. But since there’s more to be done, the panel is rebooting its efforts as a non-profit.

Watchdog Security Reviews Not Guaranteed in FedRAMP Revamp

Legislation recently clearing a key Senate committee stops short of requiring the Government Accountability Office to review vendors’ encryption practices and supply chains.

Cyber Workforce Bill Clears Senate

The bill aims at helping federal offices recruit top cybersecurity talent amid digital threats.

Senators Ready to Write Clarifying Legislation to Maintain U.S. Leadership in Crypto

Stakeholders fear an overly broad application of the tax provisions beyond virtual currency exchanges.

Legislation Could Mandate DOD to Review How it Categorizes Drones

The lawmaker that proposed it said he hopes to make it easier for the military to operationalize new UAS technologies.