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Congressman Will Hurd

Representing the 23rd District of Texas

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April 17, 2017 Hurd on the Hill

The privilege of representing the constituents of the 23rd District doesn’t stop when the House of Representatives is not voting. With no votes taking place in Washington, DC, I’m capitalizing on this district work period by connecting with folks all across the twenty-nine counties of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. This is my favorite part of the job.

April 12, 2017 In The News

As the Trump administration's trade policies continue to take shape, two Texas politicians on opposite sides of the aisle visited Laredo on Wednesday to continue making the case that the North American Free Trade Agreement helps both the U.S. and Mexico.

Sen. John Cornyn, the state’s senior Republican, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, met with Mayor Pete Saenz and business leaders in the area to see how the 23-year-old pact among the U.S., Mexico and Canada is affecting South Texas.

April 10, 2017 In The News

Federal chief information officers from every Cabinet agency, large agency and a select few small agencies made a trip to the White House over the last month to provide a 30-minute brain dump to the Trump administration.

Multiple sources say Chris Liddell, the assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, and Matt Lira, the special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives, brought in CIOs one after another to get a handle on priorities, challenges and opportunities in each agency and governmentwide.

April 7, 2017 In The News

If passed, new legislation co-sponsored by a local representative would unlock millions in federal funding for U.S. military veterans to more readily afford computer coding bootcamps.

The Veteran Employment through Technology Education Courses Act, introduced on Apr. 6 by California U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, is meant to bolster the volume of veterans attending computer coding schools. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd co-sponsored the bill.

April 3, 2017 Hurd on the Hill

Coding is the language of the 21st Century economy, and if our kids can’t speak it, they’re going to be left behind.

I am not just referring to jobs at tech companies. Employers from HEB to Toyota are actively hiring tech professionals, at salaries significantly higher than the statewide average, to deal with everything from inventory and logistics to anti-hacking and privacy protection. I just heard about a cattle rancher from the San Antonio-area who has created an online marketplace, proving that even agriculture is following the digital trend.

March 28, 2017 Press Release

San Antonio, TX – During a three-day workshop this weekend in San Antonio, more than 40 middle and high school math teachers from 16 school districts between San Antonio and Socorro were taught how to incorporate coding and computer science lessons into their curriculums. This initiative was led by U.S.

March 12, 2017 In The News

There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego.

But one way to get more tech people to serve their country is to set up a cybersecurity reservist system, like a National Guard for digital security, said Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona.

March 12, 2017 In The News

The Trump administration’s transition teams are asking “all the questions” that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been asking for the last two years around IT, said Rep. Will Hurd in an interview with FedScoop.

During a chat with FedScoop at the SXSW Conference in Austin, the Texas Republican was optimistic about the future of government information technology and cybersecurity under a Trump administration. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology, Hurd has been pushing agencies to modernize their out-of-date and still aging IT systems.

March 4, 2017 In The News

Once the dignitaries ended their speeches and cut the ribbon stretched across the entrance to the “New Witte,” the crowd laden with dinosaur lovers surged into the museum that reopened Saturday with expanded galleries that include hands-on displays and high-tech features.

Some of the parents seemed almost as excited as their children by the sensory onslaught.

“I’m like a kid in this place. It’s so awesome,” said Chris Mery, 31, accompanied by sons James, 7, and Henry, 4. “I know the Witte well. This is so exciting.”

February 17, 2017 In The News
Worried about the future of US cybersecurity under President Trump? Don't panic, say current and former government officials. 
 
Although Mr. Trump hasn't offered policy specifics, some former Obama administration officials said a draft executive order on cybersecurity, which has circulated in Washington, could offer welcome improvements on the technology front.