Congress

GAO Will Pour $15 Million Into New Tech Assessment Office in 2020

The Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics team aims to build lawmakers’ understanding of emerging technologies and weigh in on tech-centric policies.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Curb Algorithmic Bias

The Algorithmic Accountability Act would force companies to check whether their tech is making biased, inaccurate, discriminatory or otherwise unfair decisions.

House Republicans Want FEMA to Answer for Leaking 2.3 Million Americans' Data

Members of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology want a full briefing from FEMA brass no later than April 18.

House Democrats Recommend Zero Money for OPM Reorganization

House Oversight Committee Democrats urged appropriators to effectively block an effort to merge the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration.

114 Lawmakers Push to Fund Clean Energy Research

The group wants $500 million for the Energy Department’s advanced research projects agency, which would be eliminated under the White House’s 2020 budget request.

VA Won’t Delay Launch of Private Care Software Tool Despite Reported Flaws

The tech will go live on June 6 even if it’s operating “at 70 percent or 50 percent,” said Secretary Robert Wilkie.

After CIO No-Show, Congress Not Confident in VA’s IT Shop

The Veterans Affairs Department earned no goodwill when it declined to testify before a House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee.

Lawmaker Wants VA to Explain a Software Tool USDS Flagged as Flawed

A ProPublica report exposed serious issues in a Veterans Affairs Department software tool.

Tech Giants Will Brief Lawmakers on the Spread of Terrorist Content Online

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft will be asked about how the New Zealand shooter’s video spread so quickly.

Inside GAO’s Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

The new Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group aims to prep lawmakers for big decisions on artificial intelligence, privacy and 5G.

House VA Committee Looks into Trolls Targeting Veterans Groups

Someone’s spreading misinformation to veterans and their families and Congress wants to know who.

Hurd: Congress Must Make Sure Artificial Intelligence Maintains Western Values

Lawmakers need to pave the way for AI by encouraging widespread 5G adoption, Rep. Will Hurd said.

House Lawmakers Join Push for Federal Contractor Back Pay

After a push from senators, 48 House members urged the House Appropriations Committee to include back pay for federal contractors in funding legislation.

Facial Recognition Bill Would Ban Companies From Sharing Your Face Without Consent

A bipartisan bill introduced this week would strengthen consumer protections around facial recognition technology.

Lawmakers Want to Protect Security Clearances from Politics

A bill introduced in the Senate would prevent federal leaders from revoking clearances as “retaliation for political activities.”