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  • Connolly, Davis, Lee, Roybal-Allard Introduce Child Poverty Reduction Act
    Posted in News on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Equality

    On July 24, 2017, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017 to develop evidence-based policies to cut child poverty by half in 10 years. Far more children in the U.S. grow up and remain trapped in poverty compared to other industrialized countries. In America, approximately 20 percent of our children – or 14.7 million – live below the... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members of Congress Blast Attack On Congressional Budget Office
    Posted in News on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia today excoriated a newly-filed amendment to the “Minibus” appropriations bills. The amendment would use the Holman Rule to target federal employees in the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which delivers projections on proposed legislation. In a joint statement, Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthon... Read more

  • Connolly Predicts Congressional Pressure on White House Tech Positions
    Posted in News on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur Congress will likely be putting bipartisan pressure on the White House to fill critical IT positions in Federal agencies and prioritize modernization efforts, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., predicted at the ServiceNow Town Hall on July 24. “We have worked so hard to try to elevate these issues in priority lists for senior management,” said Connolly. “If you have a White House that’s not even barely talking about this subject, it automatically starts to fall down again in the list of prio... Read more

  • Knight-Connolly Security Clearance Backlog Legislation Passes Oversight Committee
    Posted in News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Yesterday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee advanced the Securely Expediting Clearances through Reporting Transparency (SECRET) Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA) and Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), requires a quarterly report on the size of the security clearance investigation backlog and the average length of time it takes to carry out security clearance investigations. The information gathered on the average time for investigations to... Read more

  • Bill to expedite security clearances clears committee
    Posted in News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Chase Gunter The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 19 passed a bipartisan bill aimed at expediting the security clearance approval process. The Securely Expediting Clearance through Reporting Transparency (SECRET) Act, introduced by Reps. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), would require the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a quarterly report on the size of the security clearance backlog. The report also would include the average time to c... Read more

  • Dem rep: Trump threatened Mueller by trying to set limits for Russia probe
    Posted in News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Max Greenwood Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) accused President Trump on Thursday of threatening special counsel Robert Mueller by saying that the former FBI director would cross a line if his investigation into Russian election meddling delves into the Trump family's finances. "He was basically saying, 'I'll fire you if you go beyond this limit,' and he has no legal right to set that limit," Connolly told CNN's Jake Tapper. "Yes, it's within his constitutional purview to fire the special counsel, b... Read more

  • Connolly-King-Langevin Introduce Fair RETIRE Act
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today, Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Peter King (R-NY), and Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced the First Responder Fair RETIRE Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure federal firefighters, law enforcement officials, Border Patrol officers, and other federal first responders qualify for full retirement benefits if they are injured on the job. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Susan Collins (R-ME). Given the hazardous nature the job re... Read more

  • FITARA Enhancement Act moves forward
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Ben Berliner Extensions for certain provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act moved closer to passage on July 19 with the House Oversight Committee's approval of the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017. The bill would extend or eliminate the "sunset" dates for requirements on data center consolidation, on transparency and risk management of major IT investments and on PortfolioStat reviews of IT programs and resources. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the bill's author, told... Read more

  • House Oversight Passes FITARA Backup Plan
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Frank Konkel A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has a backup plan to extend provisions set to expire later this year under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by voice vote cleared the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017, which would extend the sunset periods of three key requirements regarding data center consolidation, PortfolioStat reviews and the IT dashboard. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., authored the bill and has suppor... Read more

  • Tech Investments Key to Large-Scale Savings, Connolly Says
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur If Federal agencies invest upfront in technologies to track fraud and improper payments, the government could end up saving enough money to pay back some of the national debt or stave off sequestration, according to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. “We can do something in the management end that would have big payoff, and technology will help us. It will catch the duplication, it will catch the redundancy, it will catch a lot of the errors. So we need an upfront investment in technology, bu... Read more

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