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  • 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-Rooney Introduce Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance Act
    Posted in News on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) have introduced the Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance Act. The bipartisan legislation would establish a Congressional-Executive commission with bipartisan-appointed staff to oversee implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement. The Commission would include 16 Members of Congress (8 from the Senate and 8 from the House of Representatives) and 4 representatives from the Executive Branch (representing the Department of State,... Read more

  • Bipartisan pair wants commission to oversee Iran deal
    Posted in News on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Rebecca Kheel A bipartisan pair of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would create a commission to oversee the Iran nuclear deal, as President Trump approaches a deadline to certify whether Tehran is in compliance. “Increasing public transparency surrounding the Iran deal’s implementation is a critical priority,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said in a statement Wednesday. “Congress has a role to play in effective oversight of this agreement, and we must assert that role regardless of whet... Read more

  • House members on both sides seek focus on middle class in tax reform
    Posted in News on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Stephen Loiaconi As Republicans unveiled the blueprint of their plans for tax reform Wednesday, Democrats on Capitol Hill indicated they may support some provisions, but they suggested a wide gap remains on tax cuts that would benefit top earners. “I think there is bipartisan support for tax relief for middle income Americans and for small businesses,” Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., said. “I think that if we stick with that and we focus on making our tax system simpler and fairer…this is a real oppo... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Graham-Cassidy Bill
    Posted in News on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill: "Republicans in Congress are at it again. Without hearings, without public input, and without a CBO score, they are trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their latest incarnation, the Graham-Cassidy bill, is just as cruel and dangerous as previous “repeal and replace” efforts. Trumpcare 3.0 would leave 32 million Americans uninsured and return us to the days when health insurance... Read more

  • Connolly – Walorski Introduce the Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act
    Posted in News on September 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Jackie R. Walorski (R-IN) have introduced the Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure federal firefighters are eligible for the same full and fair retirement benefits as their state and local counterparts. Every day, more than 15,000 federal firefighters put their lives at risk to protect our nation’s most critical assets – including the families, homes, and infrastructure on military installations across the country. Yet... Read more

  • Connolly Announces HUD Grant Funding for Fairfax and Prince William Counties
    Posted in News on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) announced the following HUD grants for Fairfax and Prince William counties. “I am pleased to announce today that HUD has awarded almost $10 million in Community Development Block Grants and HOME grants for Fairfax and Prince William counties,” said Congressman Gerry Connolly. “This funding is critical in helping our local governments provide housing assistance and advancing homelessness prevention efforts. Very simply, these programs save lives. If the Tr... Read more

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