The drumbeat for procurement reform is getting louder, but consensus on how to proceed is lacking.
Three key issues – acquisition, China sourcing and surveillance are likely to dominate the IT landscape in Congress.
Alejandro Mayorkas is under investigation by the department’s IG, but Democrats said there is nothing to the charges and refused to delay a vote until the probe is complete.
Just because the president is likely to get the budget first is no guarantee he will sign it first – and the order is everything.
Congress is requiring the appointment of a high-level cyber adviser to oversee offense, defense, resources, personnel, acquisition and technology.
The bill reduces the impact of the sequester but will force lawmakers to agree on specific spending cuts.
A bipartisan pair of appropriators wants to proceed with at least part of FITARA as stand-alone legislation.
Former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson won Senate approval on a 78-16 vote.
Confirmation had been slowed by an unrelated dispute over providing information to Congress about the A-10 program.
Some of the legislative proposals are in conflict with reorganization plans unveiled earlier this month by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
A coalition of industry groups is asking lawmakers to keep supply-chain restrictions out of upcoming funding bills.
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.
The HHS secretary is also calling for the creation of a chief risk officer position at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tasked with reducing risks associated with major policy initiatives.
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.
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