Three key issues – acquisition, China sourcing and surveillance are likely to dominate the IT landscape in Congress.
Congress is requiring the appointment of a high-level cyber adviser to oversee offense, defense, resources, personnel, acquisition and technology.
Just because the president is likely to get the budget first is no guarantee he will sign it first – and the order is everything.
A bipartisan pair of appropriators wants to proceed with at least part of FITARA as stand-alone legislation.
The bill reduces the impact of the sequester but will force lawmakers to agree on specific spending cuts.
Former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson won Senate approval on a 78-16 vote.
Some of the legislative proposals are in conflict with reorganization plans unveiled earlier this month by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
The idea is to create an incentive for agencies to relinquish spectrum as part of a plan to free up 500 megahertz for commercial use by 2020.
The measure targets critical infrastructure protection while providing no new regulatory authority for the Department of Homeland Security.
A coalition of industry groups is asking lawmakers to keep supply-chain restrictions out of upcoming funding bills.
A revised version of the Pentagon policy bill could be considered in the House this week, but IT acquisition reform will have to wait until at least 2014.
The final deal calls for $1 trillion in spending for fiscal 2014, reduces sequestration cuts, adds money for defense and domestic programs, and requires newly hired federal employees to contribute more to their retirement plans.