A controversial bill that died in the Senate last year has been reintroduced, with bipartisan sponsors defending the legislation's privacy protections.
DOD's Ashton Carter warns that a new national defense strategy might be needed if sequestration takes effect.
State of the Union address also touches on impending budget cuts.
Also: Expect the resurrection of one of last year's failed cybersecurity bills.
Darrell Issa would like to change the way the government decides to bar some companies from contract eligibility.
The budget squeeze coupled with a bill to change the small-business targets add up to a challenge for contracting officers.
House Speaker Boehner insists that only spending cuts should be involved in avoiding sequestration.
Bills failed in 2012 in part for fear that businesses would object. Now a senator's survey suggests that private sector attutudes may be more nuanced.
Few people think sequestration will be averted a second time, and preparation is underway at the Defense Department.
Legislation would codify and strengthen a presidential memo from 2011.
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