CIO Briefing

Experts Praise New Acquisition Workforce Training Requirements

The “significant” provisions will align the public and private sectors, said one.

Emerging Tech

Senate Advances Legislation to Preserve T-Band Spectrum for Emergency Personnel

Experts agree that Congress must reverse a rule to protect the crucial band set aside specifically for first responders in dense cities.

Emerging Tech

House Passes Bill that Mandates TSA to Study Emerging Transportation Security Threats

The legislation calls for a task force to look into emerging cyber, chemical, drone and other threats. 

Policy

Defense Policy Bill Establishes a Defense Civilian Training Corps

The corps will address “critical skills gaps” in the department’s workforce.

CIO Briefing

Congress Moves to Block OPM-GSA Merger

A provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would first require an independent study of the challenges facing the Office of Personnel Management.

Policy

House Passes Bill to Boost STEM Access for Minority Students

The bill calls for increased federal investments and outreach to support the institutions and diversify the STEM domain.

CIO Briefing

Maryland Senator Says President is the 'Wild Card' in Spending Negotiations 

While Democrats and Republicans negotiate on appropriations, it’s unclear how the president will react. 

Emerging Tech

Bill Would Constrain Some Police Use of Facial-Recognition Tools

A 72-hour limit on tracking individuals would become the first, and somewhat arbitrary, federal line in the sand.

IT Modernization

VA Extends Financial System Overhaul by 5 Years—And Adds More than a Billion to the Cost

The agency is in the middle of a major overhaul of its financial management system, as those efforts stall behind other modernization priorities.

Policy

House Passes Comprehensive Anti-Robocall Legislation

Still, experts say a dramatic reduction in the problematic calls likely won’t happen overnight.

Emerging Tech

Senators Want to Know How FTC, CMS Will Prevent Bias in Health Care Algorithms

Sens. Ron Wyden and Cory Booker also asked five industry giants how to mitigate discrimination against minority patients. 

Policy

Hassan Joins Senate Cybersecurity Caucus

The junior senator from New Hampshire became the caucus’ 17th member.

CIO Briefing

Watchdog: Proposed OPM-GSA Merger Continues to 'Evolve' Despite Lack of Legislation

Officials have continued to examine moving portions of OPM to GSA piecemeal, and still lack documentation for the legal authority and cost benefit analyses, the inspector general said.

Data

Senators Renew Effort to Safeguard People’s Data Online

The bill would make companies subject to fines from the Federal Trade Commission if they poorly protect data.

CIO Briefing

Maloney Takes On Oversight Committee Chairmanship at a Critical Time

“It’s an incredibly difficult time to forecast the role of oversight on Capitol Hill,” says one expert.

Cybersecurity

What to Expect from Congress’ Cyber Strategy Brain Trust 

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission aims to have policy recommendations ready to plug into the next defense authorization bill, Co-Chairman Rep. Mike Gallagher said.

Cybersecurity

Senate Committee Approves $250 Million to Fund the Electric Grid Security

The PROTECT Act would create a federal grant program to help small utility companies improve their digital defenses.

CIO Briefing

House Passes Month-Long Spending Bill With Two Days Until Shutdown

Congress appears likely to avoid a Thanksgiving lapse in appropriations, but will face a new deadline near Christmas.