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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 As chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology, Hurd has been pushing agencies to modernize their out-of-date and still aging IT systems.
Washington, DC—To better help our nation’s veterans transition into meaningful civilian careers, this week U.S. Representative Will Hurd introduced H.R. 1428, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act. The bill will incentivize state and local governments to hire American veterans as new law enforcement officers.
The Trump administration has revealed what the wall on the Mexican border will look like — 30-foot concrete barriers.
The description was included in a modification the Department of Homeland Security made Friday to a preliminary notification for bids.
“For planning we anticipate procuring concrete wall structures, nominally 30 feet tall, that will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage,” says the updated notice.
California Democrat Scott Peters, a former environmental lawyer, represents a majority Anglo district near the Mexican border town of Tijuana.
Texas Republican Will Hurd, a 39-year-old former CIA officer who’s nearly two decades younger that Peters, represents a majority Latino district a thousand miles to the east that spans 40 percent of America’s border with Mexico.
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.”
Mexico has said it won’t pay for it. And polls show that the U.S. public doesn’t have all that much appetite for it. Nonetheless, the administration of President Trump is moving along with its plans to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border — a project that could end up costing American taxpayers $15 billion to $40 billion (or 101 to 270 times the annual budget for the National Endowment for the Arts).
The agriculture community is applauding President Donald Trump’s executive action earlier this week ordering the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider their controversial Waters of the United States rule.
President Donald Trump’s marquee campaign promise was a wall along the length of the Southwest border, a mega-project he likened to the Great Wall of China, symbolizing a tough new stance on immigration.
It got one mention in his first speech Tuesday night to a joint meeting of Congress, where he promised to “soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border.”
But he also held out for the prospect of a deal on immigration reform.
President Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the US–Mexico border is quickly transforming from long shot campaign promise into official government policy, pushing one small Texas town to the front lines of a heated national debate.