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June 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, S. 2397, the Senate companion to U.S. Representative Will Hurd’s DHS Data Framework Act, was unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In response to this great news, Hurd released the following statement:

May 31, 2018 In The News

Potential legislation being conceptualized by a local congressman and his colleagues would create a new Cyber National Guard and could position San Antonio as a hub for the program.

For the past year, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, who represents Texas' 23rd Congressional District, has been working on a bill – not yet filed – with Reps. Robin Kelly of Illinois and Ruben Gallego of Arizona, both Democrats.

May 29, 2018 In The News

The sixth version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard wasn’t pretty. If Congress took away most agencies’ iPhones and grounded them for a week, it wouldn’t be surprising.

The committee released the grades last Tuesday and brought two of the agencies that are struggling with FITARA — the Defense and the Agriculture departments — out to the woodshed to answer for their bad grades.

May 29, 2018 In The News
Technology is king in government. The federal government spends nearly $100 billion every year on IT and has embarked on a mission of modernization that will only put technology and its ringleaders closer to the spotlight.
 
It wasn’t always this way.
 
May 24, 2018 In The News

Lawmakers learned in April that the United States needs to write the script when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI). Leave this one to improvisation and we may have a tragedy on our hands.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IT subcommittee on April 18 held its third and final hearing on AI to drill down on the appropriate role of the U.S. government in shepherding AI into the future.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Representative Will Hurd supported the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for our military and national defense. The NDAA passed the House this morning with overwhelmingly bipartisan support and ensures we are prepared to face modern threats by:

May 23, 2018 In The News
For the third evaluation in a row, the Department of Defense received a failing grade on its Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard, the only agency to do so in 2018.
 
According to Government Accountability Office Director of IT Management Issues Dave Powner, the reason for DoD’s poor scores ultimately comes down to transparency, or a lack thereof.
 
May 23, 2018 In The News

Of the seven categories the FITARA scorecard uses to assess federal agencies’ adherence to the IT acquisition law, a trio of measures did more to waylay them than any others.

Members of the House subcommittees on IT and Government Operations detailed Wednesday how 11 agencies regressed on the May 21 scorecard due to poor performance concerning tracking software licenses; ensuring CIOs report to department secretaries or their deputies; and setting up the working capital funds authorized by the Modernizing Government Technology Act.

May 23, 2018 In The News

Agencies fared poorly in the new FITARA scorecard released this week, with 11 of the 24 receiving lower grades since the last scorecard was released in November and none receiving the top mark of A.

The report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, however, noted that many of the lower scores were the result of new and tougher requirements on the scorecard; without the new requirements, three agencies would have scored an A.

May 23, 2018 In The News

Several industry experts told MeriTalk in the run-up to the release of the latest FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) Federal agency scorecards that expected funding flows from the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act) may go a long way toward helping agencies boost their scores.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) released its latest agency scorecard(Scorecard 6.0) on Tuesday, highlighted by 11 agencies receiving lower grades than six months earlier, six improving their scores, and seven holding even.