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Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Policy

Reps. Gallagher, Hartzler introduce PLA Visa Security Act

U.S. Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit Chinese scientists affiliated with the Chinese military from studying at American universities. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Visa Security Act would require the U.S. government... Read More »

VA, DHS launch noncitizen service member initiative

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week the launch of a new initiative to support noncitizen service members, veterans, and their immediate family members. "It’s our responsibility to serve all veterans as well as they... Read More »

FBI, partners release Russian cyber activity report

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently announced that it has joined law enforcement partners in releasing a Cybersecurity Advisory addressing Russian military intelligence cyber activities. The FBI, along with the National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure... Read More »

Bill targets supply chain security training

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) recently introduced legislation designed to enhance supply chain security via vigorous training initiatives. The Supply Chain Security Training Act creates a standardized training program to help federal employees responsible for purchasing... Read More »

Legislation seeks to ban 3D printed guns

A group of Democratic legislators recently reintroduced a bill prohibiting the online distribution of blueprints and instructions enabling the printing of three dimensional (3D) firearms. The bicameral 3D Printed Gun Safety Act was introduced by U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Robert... Read More »

Legislation seeks to address Arctic region security

U.S. Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Elaine Luria (D-VA) recently joined U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Angus King (I-ME) in introducing legislation that focuses on assessing Arctic region security while also establishing Department of Defense (DOD) resources there. The Arctic Security... Read More »

Bill targets cybersecurity literacy effort

A group of lawmakers recently introduced legislation seeking to increase knowledge and awareness of cybersecurity risks via a cybersecurity literacy campaign. U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) presented the... Read More »

EB-5 Regional Center Program reauthorization blocked

The EB-5 Regional Center program, which is slated to expire June 30, will likely remain temporary now that the U.S. Senate blocked a proposed reauthorization and reform bill. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday brought up his EB-5... Read More »

HHS leads Puerto Rico hurricane preparedness exercise

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) personnel are touting the benefits of a Puerto Rico hurricane preparedness exercise. The ASPR indicated collaboration with the Department of Health of Puerto Rico would involve... Read More »

Bill initiates COVID-19-related China sanctions

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced the COVID Act of 2021, authorizing sanctions against the Chinese Communist Party should it fail to allow a probe into the origins of COVID-19. The sanctions and restrictions would be applied 90 days after enactment concerning a probe of suspected... Read More »

Laredo AMO details migrant apprehension increase

Laredo Air Branch Air and Marine Operations (AMO) personnel have detailed how crew detection, surveillance and tracking operations experienced a 143 percent increase in migrant apprehensions. The Laredo Air Branch Air and Marine Operations (AMO) was involved in the apprehension of 12,400... Read More »

Legislation seeks to bolster nation’s wildfire policy

Three legislators recently introduced legislation designed to enhance national wildfire policy by establishing a commission of federal and non-federal stakeholders addressing prevention and mitigation. U.S. Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) joined Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) in... Read More »

Lawmakers advocate full funding for Byrne JAG program

A group of 48 legislators forwarded correspondence last week calling for full Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program funding. The letter was sent to U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), respective chair and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,... Read More »

Bill targets law enforcement cybercrime prevention

U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) recently reintroduced a measure designed to provide law enforcement with resources to enhance cybercrime combating initiatives. The International Cybercrime Prevention Act would update... Read More »