Federal Relations

April 24, 2015

House Passes Two Cyber Security Bills

It was cybersecurity week for the House as it considered and passed two measures dealing with cybersecurity and information sharing to better address cyber threats. Lawmakers, government officials and most industry groups have strongly backed this idea of needing to share information safely, and all made cyber info-sharing a top 2015 legislative priority. The House today wrapped up the work week

April 23, 2015

DOD Announces Silicon Valley Outpost for Cyber

In a speech at Stanford today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a new initiative designed to improve Department of Defense  (DOD) innovation through the creation of a permanent Pentagon presence in Silicon Valley, a move already taken by the Department of Homeland Security.  The Department plans to create the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Northern California to serve

April 22, 2015

House Science Marks Up COMPETES Reauthorization

Today, the full House Science Committee marked up HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization bill, which the House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced late last week. Thirty four amendments were offered for consideration over the five hour mark up, and these amendments largely fell along party lines. Several controversial amendments passed, while amendements to

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY16 Discretionary Spending Levels

The House Appropriations Committee adopted Fiscal Year 2016 subcommittee discretionary allocations, also known as 302(b)s, by voice vote following two markups Wednesday. The 302(b)s are the levels of federal discretionary spending per measure and the adoption will allow the committees to move forward with their work in crafting the 12 annual appropriations measures. In addition,

April 20, 2015

This Week in Congress, April 20-24

Here are the committee hearings we’re monitoring this week. MONDAY, APRIL 20 Conferences Committee Meetings FISCAL 2016 BUDGET 3 p.m. April 20, 106 Dirksen Bldg. Senate-House Budget Conference meeting to consider the Senate- and House-passed fiscal 2016 budget bills.   TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation TELEHEALTH EXPANSION 10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg.

April 16, 2015

ESEA Moves through Senate HELP Committee

In a rare example of legislating and bipartisanship, the HELP Committee unanimously passed its rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education reauthorization bill this afternoon.  The bill, called Every Child Succeeds, includes historically toxic education topics like testing and school performance ratings. The bill has been so toxic that the last three Congresses have tried and failed

House Releases COMPETES

The House Science Committee Republicans released their version of the America COMPETES reauthorization legislation. The COMPETES bill reauthorizes major science programs including then entirety of the National Science Foundation, the science programs within the Department of Energy, and NIST. The bill is here. In addition, the legislation will mark up the Full Committee next week on April

What We’re Reading, April 13-17

After taking the two week recess with Congress, here’s a selection or articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. For the Win – A look as to why it’s likely (right now) that Hillary will win the presidency (or at least a Democrat will). Read it at New York Mag. Fake –  An article

March 27, 2015

What We’re Reading, March 23-27

Here’s a  selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations has been reading this week. Deal or No Deal? – The House Republicans and Democrats are increasingly optimistic that they have a deal to fix the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare. Maybe they will? Read more at The Hill. Not Anymore – And then,

Budgets, Doc Fix, and Reid Retiring

Breaking News: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not run for reelection in 2016, he said in a video message released this morning. Budget: GOP leaders in the House and Senate have achieved a major goal of approving their fiscal 2016 budget resolutions this week. The House approved their proposal on Wednesday with the Senate

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