Archive: Congress

Peters to Become Top Democrat on Senate Homeland Security Committee

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) has been selected to become the new ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in the next Congress, Democratic leadership announced Dec. 13. Peters, who also serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will take over for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who lost her reelection race […]

Manchin, Jones, Duckworth to Fill Vacant Democrat Seats on SASC

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will include Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) when it convenes for the 116th Congress in January. Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)’s office released the list of new committee assignments for his party Dec. 12. Republican assignments and all subcommittee assignments have not […]

Smith: Readiness Funding Will Not Be Cut in FY ’20 Defense Budget

Despite plans to take a hard look at the Defense Department’s forthcoming fiscal year 2020 budget request, the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) incoming chairman will ensure that readiness funding is safeguarded to mitigate aviation mishaps and other incidents. Military readiness is “one thing that I will not look to cut, … absolutely not,” Rep. […]

House Passes DHS Data Sharing Bill That’s Ready For Trump

The House on Wednesday passed by voice vote a bipartisan bill aimed at improving data sharing within the Department of Homeland Security by boosting the department’s efforts to consolidate disparate databases systems across its various agencies. The Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2018 (H.R. 2454) now goes to President Trump’s desk for […]

DoD Receives ‘D’ Grade On Latest IT Scorecard, Agencies Improve Overall Performance

The Pentagon no longer has a failing grade for technology acquisition, by a slim margin, receiving a “D+” on the latest version of a congressional scorecard that showed overall improvement across federal agencies in software licensing management and cost savings from data center consolidation. DoD’s latest grade on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act […]

Pentagon Tech Leaders Offer Details To House Panel On New AI Center’s Mission

Top Pentagon technology officials told a House armed services panel Tuesday the department’s new artificial intelligence center is open and focused on scaling up current commercial  and military capabilities needed to spur big data projects and match increasingly massive AI investments from peer competitors. Lawmakers on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee pressed Dana Deasy, […]

House Panel Finds Massive Equifax Breach Was ‘Entirely Preventable’

A new report from House Oversight Committee says the massive Equifax [EFX] data breach, which affected 148 million Americans, was “entirely preventable” and new reforms are required to better protect consumer information. The report, released on Monday, says the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) failed to fully patch its systems after discovering a software flaw and […]

Pentagon’s FY ‘20 Budget Request to Be Revealed Feb. 4

The Pentagon will unveil its fiscal year 2020 presidential budget (PB) request Feb. 4, the department’s chief military spokesman said Dec. 10. Whether the topline will be $700 billion or $750 billion remains to be seen. Army Col. Robert Manning declined to comment on recent reports that President Trump is now considering submitting a $750 […]

Tyndall To Host F-35s After Rebuilding, F-22s To Be Re-Assigned

The Air Force plans to host three F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and is seeking supplemental funding to rebuild the base in order to receive the Joint Strike Fighter, the service announced Dec. 7. If the decision is approved and supplemental funds are appropriated, F-35s could be based at Tyndall by 2023, […]