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  • White House brushes off House investigators over aides' use of personal email
    Posted in News on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Kyle Cheney The White House brushed off a bipartisan request from House investigators for details of senior administration officials' use of private email and encrypted messaging apps for government work, including possible violations of federal record-keeping laws, a letter obtained by POLITICO shows. In a terse letter to Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) — leaders of the House oversight committee — President Donald Trump's congressional liaison Marc Short declined to indic... Read more

  • House Passes FITARA Enhancement Act
    Posted in News on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Today, the House passed Congressman Gerry Connolly’s FITARA Enhancement Act by a vote of 418-0. The legislation, cosponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), would extend key provisions of FITARA that were set to expire. Companion legislation has been introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Mark Warner (D-VA). Connolly’s legislation would extend three expiring provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act: • Federal ... Read more

  • Senate Panel Passes FITARA Extension in Block of IT Bills
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans, Technology

    Jack Corrigan The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would extend the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and eliminate the sunset periods for a handful of key consolidation requirements. The committee forwarded the FITARA Enhancement Act to the Senate along with a handful of other bills relating to federal technology, including the Connected Government Act, SECRET Act and Hack the DHS Act. With the Government Accountability... Read more

  • Connolly and Democratic Vice Ranking Members Call for Bipartisan, Bicameral Investigation into the Equifax Data Breach
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Technology

    Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and nine other Democratic Vice Ranking Members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to pursue a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the recent data breach at Equifax that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans. “It is unacceptable for Equifax, an organization entrusted with the personal and financial information of hundreds of millions of Americans, to be so negligent with its cybersecurity practices,” sai... Read more

  • Connolly Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging SCOTUS to Provide Live Audio for Oral Arguments on Partisan Redistricting
    Posted in News on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Criminal Justice Reform

    Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Judge Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts urging the Supreme Court to provide a live audio recording of the upcoming partisan redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford. Connolly and Poe are coauthors of the Cameras in the Court Act, legislation which would require the Supreme Court to televise open proceedings. The Cameras in the Court Act was introduced in January. “This case will impa... Read more

  • Senators propose extension of FITARA data center initiative
    Posted in News on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Derek B. Johnson Legislation introduced in the Senate Sept. 26 would extend the data center consolidation provisions of the 2014 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act by two years. The bill was introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) with Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) as cosponsors. "The program has been effective, and the government should continue to support programs that modernize technology in the government," a Capitol Hill source ... Read more

  • House FITARA Enhancement Act receives a clean CBO score
    Posted in News on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier The Congressional Budget Office released a cost estimate for the House version of the FITARA Enhancement Act on Friday, concluding that “there would be no significant additional cost or savings to continue those efforts under H.R. 3243.” The FITARA Enhancement Act, first introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., July 14, would amend the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act of 2015 to extend deadlines on some provisions that are set to expire. “Specifical... Read more

  • But Their Emails: Republicans React to Their Own Email Scandal
    Posted in News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Matt Laslo Now that fellow Republicans – and not Hillary Clinton – are in the hot seat, many in the GOP are whistling a different tune. Across the Capitol this week, there were heated debates over using private email accounts for official government work, skirting federal transparency laws and accusations of partisan hypocrisy were heard, in what many see as an unwelcome rerun of the debate over Hillary Clinton's use of a private server. But unlike the last episode, when the GOP showed uniformi... Read more

  • Can Congress put evidence-based policymaking into practice?
    Posted in News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Ben Berliner A bipartisan commission chartered by Congress recently delivered recommendations on using agency data to develop ways to evaluate the success or failure of federal programs. The final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, released Sept. 6, calls on Congress to support the better use of government data by establishing a National Secure Data Service to house confidential but essential program data. It also calls for creating the position of agency chief evaluation ... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on GAO Data Center Optimization Report
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on GAO’s Data Center Optimization report released yesterday, which found that agencies are not planning to meet their data center consolidation goals required by FITARA. In the report, GAO recommends that Congress consider extending the time frame for the data center consolidation and optimization provisions of FITARA. “It is disappointing but not surpri... Read more

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