House committee presses DHS, DoD for details on Silicon Valley offices

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  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked the Defense and Homeland Security departments for details about their Silicon Valley offices. Committee members want to know about their implementation plans and long-term strategies for the offices, including funding, staffing and what their mission will be. (House Oversight Committee)
  • Dozens of cyber attacks against the Federal Reserve are raising “serious concerns” in Congress about the Fed’s ability to defend the financial information it stores. Members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee asked for seven years worth of  cybersecurity reports, incident descriptions and information on the Reserve’s National Incident Response Team. (Federal News Radio)
  • Future federal workers who are also veterans with service-connected disabilities will have their own new type of leave. The Office of Personnel Management issued a proposed rule to implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act. It would grant certain disabled veterans hired after Nov. 5, 2016, up to 104 hours of leave for their first 12 months of work. It’s to give disabled veterans time off for medical treatment. (Federal Register)
  • The Army is pushing out about 3,000 senior noncommissioned officers in a new policy that takes effect this fall. The branch is changing its retention control points, which dictate the maximum amount of years an enlisted soldier can serve before he or she must be promoted or leave the service. Starting in October, retention control points will drop for sergeants first class, master sergeants and sergeant majors. The Army is partly changing the control points in order to draw down its active duty force to 450,000 by 2018.  (Federal News Radio)
  • The Federal Acquisition Regulation council proposed a rule to scrap any references to the telegraph and replace them with more modern forms of  communication. The FAR council said it’s following a 2014 Office of Federal Procurement Policy memo on updating the market place to support a 21st century government. (Federal Register)
  • The Federal Communications Commission wants to modernize its public comment system. It said it will transition to a new Electronic Comment Filing System later this month to improve the public’s ability to speak with the commission. FCC said the new system would make it easier to file a comment and would be more reliable and accessible. (FCC)
  • The General Services Administration showed its generous side by finalizing  a 115-year lease with Miami Dade College in Florida to allow it to use the David W. Dyer Building. For its part, the college agreed to preserve the building’s historical elements and artwork. GSA said it was aggressively trying to find use for underutilized federal buildings. (GSA)

 

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