Policy

White House Threatens to Veto House-Passed Election Security Bill

The SHIELD Act would require political campaigns to report offers of campaign assistance from foreign powers to the FBI.

Emerging Tech

Silicon Valley Rep Calls For Task Force, Legislation on Government Use of Biometrics

Rep. Ro Khanna said Congress should dictate exactly how federal agencies use technologies like facial recognition. But first, the legislative body needs to get properly educated.

Cybersecurity

Silicon Valley Lawmaker Proposes Cyber Training for Every Federal Employee

Rep. Ro Khanna plans to introduce a bill that would require feds to learn basic cyber hygiene, including how to securely navigate the internet of things. 

Policy

Privacy Bill Could Put Dishonest Tech Execs Behind Bars

The Mind Your Own Business Act would expand FTC authorities and introduce comprehensive new protections for consumers’ personal data.

Emerging Tech

House Committee Votes to Increase Funding for Energy’s DARPA by $2.9B

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee moved a bill to reauthorize ARPA-E with additional funding, as well as new restrictions and oversight.

CIO Briefing

Federal Employees Lose a Powerful Advocate With Death of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings

The Oversight and Reform chairman was a “fierce advocate for the public interest,” one observer says.

Cybersecurity

Industry Wants More Legal Cover for Sharing Supply Chain Threats

Sharing potential threats are critical for ensuring companies avoid shady vendors, but under current laws, firms that do so could wind up in court.

Data

Senate Bill Would Open Some Weather Agency Models to the Public

The bill would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to share more weather modeling data with third parties and review possible innovations.

Cybersecurity

Budgetary, Technical Hurdles Continue Hampering 2020 Election Security Prep

A Congressional field hearing in Illinois highlighted how far states and local jurisdictions have come since 2016, and how far they have to go.

Cybersecurity

Senate Intel Committee: Russia Is Already Trying to Influence the 2020 Election

In its report, the Republican-led committee pushes back against Trump’s efforts to point fingers elsewhere.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Press Social Media Giants to Confront Deepfake Threats

Sens. Marco Rubio and Mark Warner want Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and others to create industry standards for handling synthetic content.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers Propose $1 Billion Purge of Chinese Telecom Equipment

The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act would help small and rural providers pay to replace equipment from Huawei, ZTE and other foreign vendors with safer alternatives.

Emerging Tech

Experts Urge Congress to Consider Implications of AI Bias and Human-Robot Interactions

It’s all part of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s work to support the development of a national artificial intelligence strategy. 

Cybersecurity

Senate’s Election Security Funding Bill Leaves a Key Agency Strapped for Cash

The Election Assistance Commission has struggled with insufficient staff and resources.

Cybersecurity

6 Cyber Bills You Might Have Missed

The bills aim to strengthen the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity efforts and help the energy sector improve its digital defenses.

CIO Briefing

Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd Says He’s Considering Running for President in 2024

Hurd also discussed a whistleblower's complaint about Donald Trump — and whether its contents support a Democratic push to impeach the president. “I think that’s a premature conversation to have," he said.

Emerging Tech

Bill to Combat Deepfakes Passes House Committee

The bipartisan legislation directs the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology to accelerate the detection of disruptive, manipulated media.  

Emerging Tech

GAO Center to Educate Congress on the Big Picture of Future Tech

The Center for Strategic Foresight plans to give lawmakers a broad sense of what’s coming in the future.

CIO Briefing

Lawmakers Intro Bill to Enhance Not-Yet-Revived Office of Technical Assessment

A group of House and Senate lawmakers want the office to be more responsive and transparent, assuming funding to reinstate it gets through the appropriations process.