Acquisition

Senators urge DOJ to flex debarment authority

Two Democrats say that companies are getting away with "ripping off the government" because of the reluctance to exercise suspension and debarment authorities.

Workforce

Senate Dems have joined the push to block a Schedule F revival

As Republican groups discuss plans to reinstitute the controversial plan to strip tens of thousands of federal workers of their civil service protections, congressional Democrats have renewed their efforts to block it.

Cybersecurity

Finance sector looks to block cyber reporting rules for critical industry in House defense bill

Congress will return from the August recess faced once again with the challenge of building cybersecurity policy for private providers of critical infrastructure faster than industry can tear it down.

IT Modernization

Senate committee approves AGILE Procurement Act for IT and communications tech

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs advanced the AGILE Act of 2022 in an effort to help improve the federal government’s IT procurement process.

Congress

A new bill seeks to prevent the Secret Service from withholding records from its watchdog

“While I share the concerns of my colleagues about the actions of the current inspector general, it is also clear the Secret Service tried to impede the inspector general’s investigation into the events of Jan. 6,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

IT Modernization

Averting the next pandemic with real-time health data

The Center for Public Health Data would aggregate federal, state and local health data and make it accessible in real time so it can be used for decision-making as health threats unfold.

Acquisition

Lawmakers push Biden for an order to root out dark money from federal contractors

A group of lawmakers want the White House to issue an executive order requiring large federal contractors to disclose their political spending – but not everyone is in support of the idea.

Acquisition

Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

IT Modernization

CBP’s facial recognition program at airports is expanding but concerns remain

The facial recognition program for international arrivals in airports is rolled out in all international airports in the United States.

Cybersecurity

National Computer Forensics Institute up for reauthorization

The proposal would continue NCFI’s services through 2028 for any government employee who could help prevent or investigate cyber crimes.

Cybersecurity

Senators introduce bill to ensure resiliency of federal data centers

The proposal would establish baseline safeguards for cybersecurity and physical issues like natural disasters.

IT Modernization

GAO offers options for improving U.S. semiconductor supply

The prioritization of semiconductor goals—such as protecting national security or improving economic competition—determine which option will prove most important.

IT Modernization

Top Republican to 'seriously consider pulling the plug' on VA's new EHR system

The ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee plans to introduce legislation before the end of the year to address deficiencies in the rollout of the new Oracle-Cerner electronic health record system.

Congress

Pass the CHIPS Act

COMMENTARY | Two former senior defense and intelligence leaders lay out the case for Congressional action to help the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Cybersecurity

Senators look to thwart future quantum hacks

The Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act would instruct the federal government to accelerate preparations for defending against future exploits powered by quantum computing.

Workforce

Leveling the field for federal cyber talent

The federal government's top human resources official wants agencies to be on an "equal footing" when it comes to hiring cybersecurity professionals.

Workforce

The House has cleared the way for Biden’s 4.6% pay raise plan

Lawmakers effectively endorsed the president’s pay raise proposal for federal workers Wednesday, although the Senate has yet to weigh in on the issue.

Cybersecurity

House bill tasks CISA with SolarWinds report

A key lawmaker on the House Homeland Security Committee wants more details on what was breached and what was lost when the SolarWinds Orion platform was compromised in a supply chain attack.

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