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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.
A bipartisan congressional delegation of border representatives wrote a letter to the Office of Head Start demanding the Teaching and Mentoring Communities headquarters in Laredo remain on the border.
The letter was addressed to Ann Linehan, acting director for the Office of Head Start. It was signed by U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, U.S. Congressman Will Hurd, R-Texas, and U.S. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen.
The United States has always been a bit of a bully when it comes to Mexico, seizing Texas and California from it in a bitter war memorialized in that country's national anthem.
Cybersecurity, email habits and personal privacy — discussions that have grown from a murmur to a roar on Capitol Hill in recent years — are having an effect on lawmakers, forcing them to tidy up their own digital habits.
With more and more indications that future wars will be fought largely in cyberspace, San Antonio Congressman Will Hurd is proposing the creation of a Cyber Security National Guard, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Hurd, who is one of only four Members of Congress with a computer science degree and a background in cyber security, told 1200 WOAI's Cyber Talk Radio that the unit would be an appropriate and needed response to the threats the U.S. is likely to face in the years and decades to come.
The Department of Homeland Security’s governmentwide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation cybersecurity task orders can serve as pilots to show the effects a centralized IT fund could have on bolstering agencies’ modernization efforts, officials working on the program said.
Federal IT modernization efforts aren’t going away. Even though Congress and the Obama administration’s efforts to codify plans to update legacy IT systems died on the vine in 2016, they will probably be resuscitated this year.
Outgoing federal leaders are highlighting the importance of IT modernization to the incoming Trump administration, and one of the effort’s chief backers in Congress has said he will renew his push on the issue.
The 115th Congress officially kicked off on Tuesday in Washington D.C., just three weeks before Donald Trump heads to the nation’s capital.
A few Texas lawmakers says this session will be a “breath of fresh air.” While the congressional session first day tasks were underway most of the lawmakers said this year is going to be different.
Republicans now have the majority in both the House and the Senate. In just a few short weeks Republicans will have control of the White House as well.
Supporters of the North American Free Trade Agreement are strategizing on how to react to President-Elect Donald Trump’s strong opposition.
“NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere,” Trump said, during the presidential election campaign.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, spoke at an event titled “Road Ahead for NAFTA” earlier this month. It was organized by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.