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  • 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 suppo... 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, b... Read more

  • House Passes Three Connolly Amendments to 2018 National Defense Authorization Act
    Posted in News on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Today, the House adopted three amendments offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Connolly’s amendments addressed federal IT modernization, data center consolidation, procurement reform and increased government efficiency and accountability. FITARA Extension: This amendment extends Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) provisions related to federal data center consolidation, transparency and risk management of major IT... Read more

  • House Adopts Connolly FITARA Extension Amendment
    Posted in News on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Last night, as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the House adopted Congressman Gerry Connolly’s FITARA Extension amendment. The amendment, cosponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), would extend key provisions of FITARA that were set to expire. Connolly’s amendment would extend three expiring provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act: • Federal data center consolidation • Transparency and risk management of major IT systems • IT portfolio... Read more

  • Connolly Calls on Pence to Rescind Directive For Sensitive Voter Data
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy, Technology, Equality

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) sent a letter to Vice President Pence urging he rescind the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s directive for sensitive voter data. Connolly said the directive “is a thinly veiled effort to carry out voter suppression on a national scale. States should not comply.” The Vice President serves as chair of the Commission. On June 28, Vice Chair of the Commission Kris Kobach sent letters to all 50 states and the District of Columbia direct... Read more

  • Lawmaker to Trump’s Election Commission: Drop Your Voter Data Request
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Mohana Ravindranath A presidential commission investigating voter fraud could compromise voters’ personal information, says one lawmaker who is urging the panel to drop its request for that data. President Donald Trump established the panel in May via an executive order. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity aims to look into “vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting” such ... Read more

  • Va. Dem calls on Pence to rescind voter data directive
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Olivia Beavers Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) called on Vice President Pence in a letter Tuesday to rescind President Trump's voter data directive that he says “is a thinly veiled effort to carry out voter suppression on a national scale." "I write to urge you, in your capacity as chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to rescind the Commission’s directive for sensitive voter data," Connolly wrote in the letter to Pence, who serves as chairman. The Virginia lawmaker ar... Read more

  • Hill Democrats Question FCC’s Cybersecurity Protocols
    Posted in News on July 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Edward Graham Congressional Democrats are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to review its cybersecurity protocols following a May cyberattack that knocked the agency’s commenting system offline, and ahead of online activism in support of net neutrality planned for Wednesday. Ranking House Democrats on two committees — Energy and Commerce and Oversight and Government Reform, as well as their relevant subcommittees — first sent a letter to the three FCC commissioners on June 26, exp... Read more

  • DATA Act Can Help Increase Trust in Government
    Posted in News on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur The transparent reporting of spending data through Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) requirements will go a long way to increasing public trust in the government, according to legislators and agency officials who spoke at the DATA Summit on June 29. “Back when I was growing up, people used to trust the government,” said GSA’s Technology Transformation Service Commissioner Rob Cook, explaining that events like the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal caused a plummet in p... Read more

  • How USAID earned an ‘A’ on the FITARA scorecard
    Posted in News on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jason Miller In a rocky FITARA sea of red and yellow “Fs” and “Ds,” the U.S. Agency for International Development stood out like a lighthouse. USAID became the first agency earlier this month to receive an “A” on the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While most agencies stagnated, USAID lifted its grades from a “D” to an “A+” over the last six months. The fourth scorecard, released by the committee on June 13, showed ag... Read more

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