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  • U.S. and Virginia join case against Silver Line contractor accused of manufacturing defective concrete panels
    Posted in News on May 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation, Technology

    Lori Aratani and Faiz Siddiqui A pedestrian bridge at Innovation Station, part of Phase II of Metro’s Silver Line expansion to Dulles International Airport and beyond, is under construction July 26, 2017 in Herndon, VA. Newly unsealed court documents allege that the company that made the pre-cast concrete panels that make up the exterior walls at five of the stations knew the materials were defective. Concrete panels for several of the new Silver Line stations do not meet safety or reliability ... Read more

  • It's not just Amazon, Northern Virginia also wants a bite of Apple
    Posted in News on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Technology

    Jessica Guynn and Mike Snider The high-tech corridor outside the nation's capitol isn't just a potential lure for Amazon. Apple may be in the mix. Northern Virginia is one of 20 finalists for Amazon's second headquarters, and the region has invited Apple to consider it for a 20,000-person campus the iPhone maker is planning for somewhere in the U.S. Apple is seeking 4 million square feet of office space, economic development officials and real estate executives told The Washington Post. That's ... Read more

  • Trump Signs Order to Overhaul Government’s Computer Systems
    Posted in News on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    John D. McKinnon President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to help accelerate long-delayed efforts to modernize the government’s patchwork of aging computer systems. The federal government spends as much as $90 billion a year on information technology, but much of that money is wasted on maintaining costly and duplicative legacy systems that are often 10 to 20 years out of date, according to critics on both sides of the aisle. One reason is a lack of funds for modernizing the gov... Read more

  • Trump executive order boosts agency CIO role
    Posted in News on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    Chase Gunter President Donald Trump signed an executive order on May 15 aimed at empowering agency-level CIOs. Much of the order aligns with the wish-list of items federal CIO Suzette Kent laid out for her agency counterparts: authority to hire, direct-report relationships to agency leadership, increasing collaboration across agencies and increasing the visibility of CIOs within their agencies. The order directs agencies to make CIOs "voting members of bureau-level IT governance boards." It als... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on House Appropriations Committee Including Full $150 Million For Metro
    Posted in News on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee included the full $150 million in federal funding for WMATA: “I am pleased the House Appropriations Committee took our strong recommendation and has included the full $150 million in federal funding for WMATA. The federal government has a responsibility to fulfill its commitment to funding our nation’s transit system, and this is an important step.” Connolly led the delegation in sending a le... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on White House CIO Executive Order
    Posted in News on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on agency Chief Information Officers: “I commend the Administration for taking action to ensure that federal agencies continue to implement the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and institute good IT acquisition practices. “One of FITARA’s foremost goals is to enhance the duties of agency Chi... Read more

  • Connolly-Bera Urge Bolton to Reverse White House Retreat on Global Health Security
    Posted in News on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Ami Bera (D-CA), members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to National Security Advisor John Bolton urging the Trump Administration to reverse its retreat on global health security. In the past week, the top official responsible for global health security at the National Security Council, Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, was forced out and the team supporting that portfolio has been disbanded. In addition, the White House has propo... Read more

  • Top House Judiciary & Oversight Dems Renew Call for White House-DOJ Communications on Time Warner Merger
    Posted in News on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Good Government

    Today, top Democrats from the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees sent a letter to the Department of Justice renewing their February 8, 2018 request for documents related to AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner in light of new concerns raised by recent statements regarding President Donald Trump’s potential interference with the Department’s merger review process. The letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions from House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jer... Read more

  • All Oversight Committee Democrats Ask Gowdy to Subpoena Department of Justice for Documents Withheld on Census Citizenship Question
    Posted in News on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Equality, Immigration, Good Government

    Today, all Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy requesting he issue a subpoena immediately to the Department of Justice for documents it has been withholding relating to its request to the Department of Commerce to add a new citizenship question to the 2020 Decennial Census. “We are writing to respectfully request that you issue a subpoena to compel the Department of Justice to produce documents relating to its request for a ci... Read more

  • Connolly Requests Hearing on DC VA Medical Center
    Posted in News on May 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Federal Employees, Veterans, Seniors, Good Government

    Today, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requested a congressional hearing on the recent failings at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In a letter sent to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Connolly requested an immediate hearing to “examine t... Read more

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