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Richard Revesz – President Biden’s nominee to become the Administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – told senators at a September 29 nomination hearing that he is targeting updates to existing regulatory analysis standards if he is confirmed to the new post.

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Officials from academia and the private sectors told senators last week that the United States needs to speed its efforts to develop advanced technologies – including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), and distributed ledger tech (DLT) – to stay ahead of rapid development in those areas by China.

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FedRAMP

The House last week voted to approve an updated version of legislation that would codify into law and update the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

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President Biden on September 30 signed into law the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Extension Act of 2022, which extends the programs for another three years. They had been scheduled to expire on September 30.

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The House today voted to approve continuing resolution legislation that will fund the Federal government – mostly at fiscal year 2022 spending levels – until December 16. The House approved the bill by a vote of 230-201, with ten Republicans voting for the measure.

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CISA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 28 approved by voice vote the Securing Open Source Software Act, which aims to put more Federal government muscle behind protecting open source software following the emergence of the Log4J vulnerability late last year.

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NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is on track to release the first version of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Risk Management Framework by January 2023, NIST’s IT Laboratory Chief of Staff told lawmakers on Thursday.

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VA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 28 voted to approve the Access for Veterans to Records Act of 2022, which aims to cut down on the existing backlog of service records requests by U.S. military veterans.

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President Biden signed the Chips and Science Act into law just last month, but Department of Commerce (DoC) Secretary Gina Raimondo said this week that Americans need to see tangible benefits from this legislation “as fast as possible” to build needed long-term support for domestic semiconductor production.

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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted on Sept. 28 to advance the Federal Contracting for Peace and Security Act, which would prohibit Federal government procurement from companies that operate within Russia. 

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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted today to advance the Computers for Veterans and Students (COVS) Act, which would open a new pipeline for the Federal government to send computer gear to students and veterans.

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved by voice vote today a bill that would order Federal government agencies to undertake an inventory of all software used by the government – with a view toward eventually creating strategies to consolidate government software contracts, create governmentwide software licenses, and move toward adopting open-source software.

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The legislative push to develop digital identity systems took another step forward today when the  Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted today to advance the Improving Digital Identity Act.

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House leadership has teed up votes for this week on legislation to extend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, and a bill shepherded by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., to provide for Federal workforce safety measures during health-related emergencies. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, […]

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The Biden-Harris administration last week appointed six policy leaders to the newly established CHIPS for America offices – which are housed within the White House and the Department of Commerce (DoC) – to lead the way in implementing the CHIPS and Science Act.

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Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., reintroduced the Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act for the third time in hopes that the bill designed to protect Federal employees during health emergencies will finally pass the Senate.

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Witnesses at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on September 14 urged action by lawmakers to wall off access to personal data of United States citizens by foreign powers who are hostile toward the U.S.

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CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working closely with industry and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to finalize its cyber performance goals, an agency official told lawmakers on September 15.

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The House of Representatives is in the market for a new chief information security officer (CISO) to lead the legislative chamber’s cybersecurity efforts on behalf of its 10,000 members, staff, and officers.

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As Congress and the Biden administration have yet to pass a budget deal for fiscal year (FY) 2023, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is asking Congress to pass a $47.1 billion continuing resolution (CR) funding bill before the current fiscal year ends on September 30.

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