Tag Archives: Department of Defense

House Armed Services Committee Introduces “By Request” NDAA Bill; Mattis and Dunford to Testify at Armed Services and Appropriations Hearings; Trump Administration Considering Expansion of Laptop Ban

Legislative Activity House Armed Services Committee Introduces “By Request” NDAA Bill On June 7, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced H.R. 2810, the “by request” version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This procedural measure is traditionally the first step in the legislative process … Continue Reading

Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress; President Trump Names Boeing Executive as Deputy Defense Secretary; Federal Courts Stay Implementation of Revised Travel Ban

Legislative Activity Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress This week, the Trump Administration provided Congress with its supplemental appropriations request for the remainder of FY 2017.  The supplemental requests an additional $3 billion in funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including funds for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) infrastructure and border … Continue Reading

Senate Armed Services Committee Unveils Subcommittee Leaders, Budget White Paper; Trump Defense and Homeland Security Officials Assume Duties

Legislative Activity Senate Armed Services Committee Unveils Subcommittee Leaders, Budget White Paper On Wednesday, January 18, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced subcommittee chairmen and ranking members for the 115th Congress, including for a newly-created panel on cybersecurity: Subcommittee on AirLand: Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chair/ Angus King (I-ME), Ranking Member Subcommittee on Cybersecurity: Mike Rounds … Continue Reading

Senate Panels Prepare for Trump Cabinet Confirmation Hearings; Lawmakers Concerned About Future of DACA and DAPA Programs; Trump Transition Requests Information on Potential Border Wall

Legislative Activity Senate Panels Prepare for Trump Cabinet Confirmation Hearings This week, Senate lawmakers will begin a number of hearings to consider President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, January 11, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Gen. John Kelly to be Secretary of the … Continue Reading

“Cyber Week” Begins April 21st in the House

Legislative Activity “Cyber Week” Begins April 21st in the House The House has designated this week as “Cyber Week” and plans to expeditiously move key cybersecurity bills focusing on critical information sharing tools. The first is the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731), which the House Homeland Security Committee unanimously passed out of Committee … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Legislation Possible This Week; DHS to Hold Cybersecurity Webinars in 2015

Legislative Activity Cybersecurity Legislation Possible This Week Last week, Senate leadership began the process of moving two cybersecurity bills – the Federal Information Security Modernization (FISMA) Act of 2014 (S. 2521) and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) Act of 2014 (S. 2519) – to the floor to be considered under unanimous consent. … Continue Reading

NIST Plans to Hold Cybersecurity Workshop

Executive Branch Activity NIST Cybersecurity Framework Implementation The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to hold a cybersecurity workshop this fall to discuss the implementation of the Cybersecurity Framework that NIST developed and released in February. The location and date for the workshop has not been set but NIST intends to discuss … Continue Reading

Senate to Address FY 2014 NDAA and Proposed Amendments; Senate Intelligence Committee Authorizes Spending for US Programs

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Defense Authorization, Budget And the Sequester The Fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.1197) is expected to come to the floor on Wednesday, November 13. The Military Justice Improvement Act (S. 967) – a bill to address military sexual assaults that has 46 Senators supporting it – is expected … Continue Reading

Defense Officials Describe Negative Impact of Sequester; Reports Allege NSA Eavesdropping on World Leaders; Afghan Council Considers Status of Forces Agreement

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Budget and the Sequester Last week in congressional hearings, defense officials described the negative impact the second round of sequestration will have on the Pentagon. The Defense Department, like all government agencies, is currently operating under a continuing resolution (P.L. 113-46). Unlike other federal agencies, the Pentagon has never operated … Continue Reading

House Passes Select Stopgap Funding Measures; Government Shutdown – Effects on Military and Defense Contractor Pay and Intelligence Agencies

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Budget and the Debt Ceiling With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S. government partially shut down. Last week, the House attempted to advance its strategy of passing “mini” continuing resolutions (CR) to fund … Continue Reading
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