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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.
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 As chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology, Hurd has been pushing agencies to modernize their out-of-date and still aging IT systems.
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.”
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.