Bill in Congress tries — again — to secure parental leave for feds

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  • A DMV congresswoman is trying again to pass legislation ensuring federal employees up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave. Rep. Barbara Comstock (D-Va.)introduced the bill to do so, citing the health and worker retainment benefits. Similar legislation brought forth last year did not make it out of committee. (Rep. Barbara Comstock)
  • The Defense Department established a new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Breaking Defense reported the JAIC will have oversight over AI projects conducted by military services and defense agencies with budgets over $15 million. A memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says it will report to DoD CIO Dana Deasy. (Breaking Defense)
  • 18F announced some internal leadership changes. Angela Colter is the agency’s new executive director. She formerly served as Director of Strategy. Colter replaces Rebecca Piazza who has yet to announce her next move. 18F promoted Victor Udoewa to take over for Colter as the new Director of Strategy. (Twitter)