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A bid in the last Congress to set aside pots of money for cloud adoption was doomed by a $9 billion score from the Congressional Budget Office.
The Modernizing Government Technology Act, which passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote in September 2016, was ignored by the Senate in the wake of the prohibitively high score.
Sponsors of the bill are regrouping, looking to craft legislation that will satisfy the budget office while still remaining palatable to members and industry.
Even though there is a law designed to give Cabinet-level IT heads control over their departments’ tech spending, people working on the law’s implementation told FedScoop it hasn’t been powerful enough yet to fix the problem at every agency.
While a private-sector chief information officer is typically responsible for managing his or her company’s information technology investments, that authority in government is decentralized into different components, said Frank Baitman, former chief information officer of the Department of Health and Human Services.
John F. Kelly, the new U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, says securing the Southwest border starts with drug demand reduction in the United States.
It also requires the U.S. helping Central American countries socially and economically, Kelly said, at a congressional hearing earlier this week.
U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela of Brownsville, who quizzed Kelly at the hearing, was pleased with these remarks. However, he was less pleased that Kelly also supports a border wall.
The hearing was held by the House Homeland Security Committee.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, the top House Republican on homeland security issues, strongly criticized President Donald Trump's administration Monday for the chaotic rollout last month of his travel ban of mostly Muslim countries.
While chairing a hearing with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, McCaul raised questions about the ban's implementation.
While the federal IT and acquisition communities still are “patiently” waiting for President Donald Trump to name key players at the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management, Republican lawmakers gave us a little bit of insight into their plans for 2017.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee both released oversight plans in the last few weeks, giving agency IT and acquisition executives and contractors insights into their plans.
Evidence is popping up indicating the China-U.S Cyber Agreement may be pushing Chinese hackers to shift to targets in Russia and Belarus.
Proofpoint researchers in a blog pointed to several clues that infer Chinese cyber gangs have shifted away from targeting U.S. interests. These include the use of specific types of malware used by these cybergangs in the past and a general decline in the number of Chinese attacks upon American organizations.
By Will Hurd as published in the Washington Post on January 30 at 2:11 PM
Will Hurd, a Republican, represents Texas’s 23rd Congressional District in the House.
San Antonio, TX – Former undercover CIA officer and Texas Congressman Will Hurd released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s announcement that immigration to the United States would be limited from seven countries:
San Antonio, TX – Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd released the following statement regarding President Trump’s border security Executive Order: