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Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Government

House advances Secure Equipment Act

House Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) applauded their U.S. House of Representatives colleagues for advancing the Secure Equipment Act. The measure prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reviewing or issuing new equipment licenses... Read More »

CISA awards $2M for cybersecurity workforce training

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) officials announced that two organizations have secured awards totaling $2 million to develop cybersecurity workforce training programs. NPower and CyberWarrior will focus on the unemployed and underemployed, urban and rural underserved... Read More »

Bill seeks to enhance wildfire combating efforts

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced Tuesday the Military Support for Fighting Wildfires Act, which seeks to bolster wildfire combating efforts. Garamendi joined U.S. Reps. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) and Salud Carbajal (D-CA) in delivering the bill for consideration. The legislation seeks to... Read More »

Sen. Wicker advocates naval ship fleet requirement

During a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Deputy Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Defense, Sasha Baker, affirmed a U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's (R-MS) naval fleet requirement advocacy. A hearing exchange resulted in Baker expressing... Read More »

Lockheed Martin secures Army tactical vehicle contract

Lockheed Martin has secured a $9,672,781 Army Project Agreement to continue developing the Terrestrial Layer System (TLS) program for the branch's tactical vehicles. The action via the Army's Consortium Management Group (CMG)/Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications in Cyberspace (C5)... Read More »

DHS funds earmarked for Coast Guard language translator

A San Jose, California-based firm has secured a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) award to develop a Coast Guard language translation platform. DHS S&T officials said the award of $199,592 to myLanguage would address the adaptation and customization... Read More »

FDA session to address COVID-19 oral treatment

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said the agency will conduct a Nov. 30 meeting via its Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC) to discuss a COVID-19 oral treatment. The FDA indicated the effort would focus on Merck and Ridgeback’s request for an emergency use authorization... Read More »

TSA details checkpoint firearm detection statistics

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers have detected a record number of firearms at airport security checkpoints this year. As of Oct. 3 officers had stopped 4,495 airline passengers from carrying firearms aboard flights, exceeding the full calendar year 2019 previous record of... Read More »

Valley Fever bill reintroduced in House

U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and David Schweikert (R-AZ) co-chairs of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force joined Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Tom O’Halleran (R-AZ) to introduce a bipartisan bill combating Valley Fever Wednesday. Valley Fever is an infection caused by inhaling spores... Read More »

Cybersecurity bills advance in Senate

Two cybersecurity bills from U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee where Peters serves as chair and Portman serves as ranking member. The two bills, the Cyber Incident Reporting Act and the... Read More »

DoD funds target small unmanned aerial systems initiative

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has earmarked $14 million to companies in accordance with efforts to ensure a small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) industrial base. Officials indicated the allotment via the Defense Production Act would be awarded to Systems and... Read More »

HAVANA Act signed into law

The Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks (HAVANA) Act was recently signed into law. The measure supports American public servants having sustained brain injuries likely stemming from directed energy attacks, also known as Havana Syndrome. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark... Read More »