Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, introduced the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act, which would help increase the number of people in the armed services trained in cybersecurity. Rounds fills in the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, Congress told NIST to take a deep dive into how agencies understand and use the special publications and Federal Information Processing Standards for cybersecurity that it produces.
One of the original backers of the spending data standardization law, Warner wants to ensure agencies are still complying with the transparency law.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the resolution is part of a package, signed by President Donald Trump, to “roll back job killing rules.”
Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, the former head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, told House Homeland Security Committee members they should go further than just creating a new cyber agency within DHS.
A new Bipartisan Policy Center report on military personnel reform wants to put more of the TRICARE cost burden on retirees. The organization’s most recent report on the issue stated DoD spent $52 billion in health care for service members, retirees and their families in 2012.
Top officials in two military branches say a yearlong continuing resolution would stop civilian hiring and flying hours.
A new bill that would limit how much time doctors, nurses and other employees at the Veterans Affairs Department could spend on union business has support now from VA itself. The department said having its employees spend 100 percent of their hours on official time is “necessary, reasonable and in the public’s best interest.”
House Republican leaders are trying to wrangle enough of their own members to approve the final version of the American Health Care Reform Act, the bill intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. David Hawkings, a senior editor at Roll Call, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what could happen if the bill makes it to the Senate floor and the President eventually signs.
President Donald Trump has signed legislation adding human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission
Thousands of rules come out each year from regulatory agencies that place a large burden on the economy. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), chairman of the subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss why regulatory reform is needed.
Most of the civilian agencies are taking some cuts in their budgets, and a number of programs are being eliminated.
Trump’s 2017 supplemental budget goes over the legal budget caps.
House Armed Services Committee aides say they want to keep a close eye on the personnel reforms put in place by the 2017 NDAA.
While the health care legislation debate grows heated, a few senators are thinking about the coming end of the 2017 budget continuing resolution and what to do about passing a 2018 budget by Sept. 30. Voices in the wilderness or a growing Congressional movement? Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings has some answers on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.