IT modernization funds and real estate questions also featured prominently at an April 17 hearing on the General Services Administration's appropriation.
Defense reform bill calls for a 25 percent cut in back-office spending and the elimination of seven supporting agencies.
Security and lifecycle replacement remains a concern for localities, but an investigation of hundreds of jurisdictions found broad satisfaction with the way equipment performed during the 2016 election.
On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.
The intelligence director's office is mulling a new approach to CIO and chief data officer roles that stresses more efficient acquisition.
At a Senate hearing, Gen. Darren McDew said that the commercial companies the military relies on to move troops and material are too vulnerable to cyberattacks.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to focus on physical hazards in an upcoming meeting on the safety of the internet of things.
FEMA's strategic plan announced earlier this month also asks state and local governments to provide more support.
Despite his repeated public venting of anger at Amazon, President Trump won't play a part in the Pentagon's move to award a cloud contract, a spokesperson said.
As some nations unify their cybersecurity operations, there are calls for a similar effort to create a single agency for civilian cyber authorities in the U.S.
The Pentagon and industry base aren't on the same wavelength when it comes to acquisition reform and readiness, says the DOD's No. 2 official.
Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said that while agile acquisition authorities are welcome, there's a risk in using them.