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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives took a major step toward strengthening digital infrastructure by approving a bipartisan federal IT reform package. The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, introduced by U.S. Representative Will Hurd, will reduce wasteful spending on outdated IT systems and enhance information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology like cloud computing.
As a conservative, I am always looking for ways to reform government spending and use tax dollars more efficiently. With a background in computer science and through my time as Chair of the House IT Subcommittee, I’ve been able to identify federal information technology (IT) as an area in desperate need of reform.
While on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine learning about Russian active measures in Eastern Europe, Congressman Will Hurd who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued the following statement regarding the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey:
"While I understand the desire to maintain the public trust in the FBI, the timing of James Comey's firing is troubling, especially since the Justice Department Inspector General was conducting an independent investigation into Comey's handling of the Clinton email case.
Rep. Mike Conaway has been given the reins to the House intelligence committee's fractured Russia investigation following chairman Rep. Devin Nunes' announcement Thursday that he is temporarily stepping aside --- but who is the man now tasked with getting things back on track after weeks of partisan conflict?
The Obama administration’s IT leaders focused heavily on trying to get agencies to move to the cloud, leverage shared services and above all, retire legacy systems. And so far, all signs point to the Trump administration continuing in a similar vein.
The most recent example of that came from Grant Schneider, the acting federal chief information security officer, who spoke Thursday of the need to focus on IT modernization for efficiency and security’s sake.
At an April 4 oversight hearing, congressional watchdogs, industry experts and longtime feds called for a cyber national guard, centralized hiring, as well as the reforming and expansion of educational outreach programs to address the IT skills shortage and increase workforce diversity.
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education recently estimated there will be a global shortage of 1.8 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022, and federal cybersecurity workforce issues landed on the Government Accountability Office's 2017 high-risk list.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Martha McSally (AZ-02) and Will Hurd (TX-23), Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, sent an oversight letter asking for specific details of the Administration’s request for $999 million to plan, design, and construct the first installment of a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, cautioned no one should jump to conclusions regarding the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
Hurd is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which heard FBI Director James Comey's testimony that investigators were looking into the Russian government's involvement in the presidential race and any possible ties between people involved in the Donald Trump campaign and Russia.
At least two members of President Trump's own party have now suggested the president has some apologizing to do. Speaking with reporters on Friday, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), referring to Trump's claim that President Barack Obama tapped Trump's phone during the presidential election, said, “Frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think that President Obama is owed an apology.”
FBI director James Comey said Monday that he regretted not being more forceful in notifying the Democratic party about the threat of Russian hackers during the 2016 election.
Though the FBI did notify the Democratic National Committee that it faced a nation-level hacking threat as far back as September 2015, agents did so only by leaving messages at the IT help desk. The IT contractor told the New York Times that it seemed like a prank call.