House panel zeros out TMF funding for 2024 fiscal year

House appropriators want to eliminate new funding for the Technology Modernization Fund, which is still flush with cash thanks to a pandemic-era special spending bill.

Bipartisan bill proposes blue-ribbon panel to address AI risks, regulations

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is leading the effort to give Congress the expertise it needs to understand and possibly regulate the risks posed by artificial intelligence.

Lawmakers propose shoring up nuclear cyber standards ahead of NDAA markup

The bipartisan proposal, which could be added to the FY2024 defense policy bill, would establish a federal working group to help address gaps in the cyber practices securing the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

DOD needs more diverse emerging tech investment, Democratic caucus argues

Too much of the Pentagon’s funding to support emerging technologies “is concentrated in the early stages of development,” according to members of the New Democrat Coalition’s national security task force.

New bill would give CISA greater cyber outreach responsibilities

The Cybersecurity Awareness Act would direct the agency to launch a new public-private campaign promoting cyber best practices across small businesses and underserved communities. 

Lawmaker advocates 'all-of-the-above' approach to fix cyber worker shortage

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity panel said a greater focus on cyber education in K-12 schools could help fill the roughly 700,000 vacant cyber jobs across the country.

House cyber panel’s NDAA draft prioritizes commercial tech, expert engagement

Tech- and cyber-focused legislative proposals for the fiscal year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act would restructure the Pentagon’s internal leadership to emphasize greater engagement with the commercial tech sector.

Senate passes debt deal, agency spending freeze bill headed to Biden's desk

Bipartisan leaders pledge to pass fiscal 2024 funding bills to avoid a sequestration next year.

New bill proposes 'made in China' tags for mobile apps

The legislation would require large online app stores — including Apple’s App Store and Google Play — to disclose the countries where their apps were developed and are currently owned.

Debt limit deal would save feds' paychecks, but freeze agency spending

The agreement also reduces shutdown threats, plus other takeaways for federal employees.

Energy Department officials eye 2027 date to stand-up cyber intelligence center

Officials from the department's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response told House members Tuesday that work within the threat-sharing pilot program has already shown progress and could use more resources from Congress.

Four federal departments have not fully implemented cloud security practices, GAO says

The departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Labor and Treasury have made varying amounts of progress in applying crucial cloud security practices, but remain far from fully executing them, the watchdog found.

Federal CIO says IDEA Act guidance coming this summer

Clare Martorana discussed the challenge of building out specific steps to get government agency websites to adopt common standards.

Hey, Congress—if you're looking to cut spending, go after wasteful software contracts

Legacy software companies have spammed federal agencies with outdated, costly and ridiculously complex software assets that impede actual IT modernization.

Veterans Affairs committee Dems offer bills to streamline VA operations

The two proposals would seek to consolidate business functions at the agency and independently verify and validate IT modernization efforts.

New bills look to help small water systems tap cybersecurity help

New legislation looks to set aside $10 million to help subsidize fees for small utilities to join the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Federal procurement is poised for reform—here's what to keep in mind

Increased collaboration between the private and public sectors will help all parties involved understand how best to modernize government systems while minimizing potential disruptions to critical operations.