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Chris Krebs Recommends CISA’s Shared Services Office Centralize Services for Civilian Agencies

Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently stated that Congress should enable the agency’s shared services office to centralize common, internet-facing services across civilian agencies. To support this initiative, Krebs noted that CISA’s existing quality services management office will need the authority to oblige all .gov agencies to use govnet services.

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Former NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Named Acorn Growth Companies Senior Adviser

Jim Bridenstine, former administrator of NASA and a previous Wash100 awardee, has joined Acorn Growth Companies, an Oklahoma City-based private equity firm focused on investing in defense, aerospace and intelligence companies, as a senior adviser. “Jim’s wealth of knowledge in the space, military, aerospace and engineering sectors will be invaluable …

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Congress OKs Waiver for Lloyd Austin’s Appointment as Defense Secretary

Congress has approved a waiver to facilitate the confirmation of Lloyd Austin, a retired U.S. Army general, as defense secretary under the administration of President Joe Biden, Defense News reported Thursday. The House voted 326-78 and the Senate passed in a 69-27 vote a congressional waiver that would exempt Austin …

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Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Plan Includes Over $10B in Funds for Federal IT Modernization, Cybersecurity Efforts

President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a potential $1.9T COVID-19 pandemic relief package that urges Congress to approve more than $10B in funds to support the modernization and improve the cybersecurity of federal information technology systems and networks, The Hill reported Thursday. Under the American Rescue Plan, Biden proposes a $9B investment …

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R. Clark Cooper: Potential $23B Deal With UAE for F-35 Jets, Other Weapons Could Be Signed Before Jan. 20

R. Clarke Cooper, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, said the U.S. government is expected to sign a potential $23.37B deal for the sale of Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) F-35 fighter jets, drones and other weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates before the Trump administration ends, Defense News …

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House Overrides NDAA Veto, Passes Stimulus Payment Increase

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The House voted 322-87 Monday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the $740.5B National Defense Authorization Act, Politico reported. The Senate is set to reconvene Tuesday to consider the annual defense policy bill, which Trump rejected a week ago over provisions that would remove from military installations the names of Confederate leaders, set restrictions on the withdrawal of U.S. warfighters from Europe and Afghanistan and provide liability protection for social media companies, also known as Section 230.

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Congress OKs Spending Package With $900B COVID-19 Relief Fund

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A spending package that includes $900B in COVID-19 relief funds is now headed to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature after the Senate passed the bill in a 92-6 vote late Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Senate’s decision came hours after the House voted 359-53 to approve the relief measure and a $1.4T spending bill that would fund government operations through the end of September.

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