More on Security
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd’s (R-TX) long-anticipated Smart Government reform package was approved in the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Hurd’s bipartisan bill, the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, is designed to reduce wasteful IT spending and strengthen information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology like cloud computing.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Will Hurd that empowers the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve intelligence information sharing capabilities among its many component agencies.
Four construction companies will soon start building prototypes for President Donald Trump’s vision of an almost 2,000-mile border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Those prototypes could “complement other tools” at the border, Customs and Border Protection acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello told the New York Times. He said companies were awarded contracts for between $400,000 and $500,000 and each prototype would be about 30 feet high.
If Congressman Will Hurd isn’t in Washington, D.C., he’s likely on the road. The San Antonio native who was elected in a tight race in 2014 serves a district that includes 29 counties, two time zones and over 800 miles of borderland. While that means the issues his constituents most care about can vary from cybersecurity to telemedicine to cattle health, he says everyone is concerned about core problems like national security and trade between Mexico and the U.S.
Though Congress and the White House have expressed public support for current legislation to change the way the federal government buys information technology, one powerful adversary remains: the congressional calendar.
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, reintroduced his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act in the House on Friday as Congress dodged an eleventh hour budget fight that would have shut down the government. Hurd told MeriTalk that the timing is designed to get the bill through markup and onto the floor for votes as soon as possible.
Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd has been a regular in the headlines lately, whether it be for the conversations at his town halls at a time when some of his GOP colleagues are accused of avoiding them, or proposing the U.S. focus on creating a “smart wall” to secure the border, instead of a physical one.
If, for some unfathomable reason, you are planning to follow a congressman through a baking-hot Texas summer, I recommend you choose Will Hurd. He’s personable, mild-mannered and clearly in command of the issues. Also, he holds many of his town halls in Dairy Queens, so you can cool off with a Blizzard while you wait for the event to start.