May 4, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

May 4, 2019

1. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
3. H.R.9 [116th] Climate Action Now Act
4. S.J.Res.7 [116th] A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
5. H.R.5 [116th] Equality Act
6. H.Res.109 [116th] Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
7. H.R.1 [116th] For the People Act of 2019
8. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
9. H.R.8 [116th] Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
10. H.R.6 [116th] American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

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Monster cartel charge puts brakes on BMW earnings


German high-end carmaker BMW on Tuesday reported a plunge in profits in the first quarter as it booked a 1.4-billion-euro ($1.6 billion) charge related to an EU cartel probe.

Net profits at the group nosedived 74.2 percent year-on-year, to 588 million euros, the group said in a statement.

Brussels’ allegation that BMW colluded with Daimler and Volkswagen to avoid competing on emission control technology means “it is probable that the EU Commission will issue a significant fine,” the Munich-based manufacturer said.

Source: Monster cartel charge puts brakes on BMW earnings

Don’t Expect the US Military’s Next Fighter to Be Joint – Defense One


After two decades of working side-by-side on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the U.S. Navy and Air Force won’t be teaming to build a successor jet, a top Navy official said.

“I don’t necessarily foresee an exact sort of repeat of F-35 in a single solution set.” Angie Knappenberger, deputy director of air warfare for the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, said Monday at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

“I do see an awful lot of capabilities and systems that we can take, share one service to another.”

When the F-35 was conceived in the 1990s, it was thought that three variants for Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force might share about 70 percent of their parts, saving money.

Almost 30 years later, the jets are only about 20 percent the same.

Source: Don’t Expect the US Military’s Next Fighter to Be Joint – Defense One

Admiral: The US Is ‘Operating Blind’ In the Arctic | Defense One


When it comes to predicting fluctuations in Arctic weather, the United States is “operating in the blind,” the U.S. Navy’s chief meteorologist said Monday.

The northern polar region is heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the globe, creating wildly variable weather and conditions that don’t happen anywhere else. As climate change makes the Arctic more accessible, the Navy’s ships, subs, and aircraft need better weather models to help them operate in the region’s chaotic seas, Rear Adm. John Okon told an audience at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference on Monday.

Source: Admiral: The US Is ‘Operating Blind’ In the Arctic – Defense One

How China uses cyber theft and information warfare | FCW


Beijing is leveraging increasingly sophisticated cyber operations and widespread theft of technological secrets in the digital domain as one of the key pillars of its military modernization strategy, a new Pentagon report finds.

Cyber and information operations are two areas that are seeing increased investment and emphasis from the Chinese military, according to the report. While traditional intelligence gathering remains an important goal, the use of cyber capabilities to conduct economic espionage has taken greater precedence in recent years.

Source: How China uses cyber theft and information warfare — FCW

DOD looks to unify software spending for 2020 | FCW


The Defense Department wants software development as a single line item in its 2020 budget.

DOD acquisition head, Ellen Lord, said the Pentagon is lobbying Congress to get “multiple pilots where we would have just one line for software development so we can move back and forth amongst those different stages” – research and development, production and sustainment — in the 2020 defense spending bill because software modernization requires new and specific authorities.

“Right now, if you do DevOps, what you’re going to be doing is development, production and sustainment all at once most of the time. We have different pools of money that we have to carefully allocate,” Lord said during a Pentagon news briefing announcing the congressional release of the Defense Innovation Board’s final software acquisition study.

Source: DOD looks to unify software spending for 2020 — FCW

Can anyone lead the $20B DOD-VA health IT modernization project? | FCW


Between them, the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs have more than $20 billion committed to the shared implementation of an interoperable electronic health record system based on Cerner software to provide servicemembers with a single EHR that follows them from the date of their induction through active duty and VA care.

The Defense Department’s version of the Cerner system, MHS Genesis, is live at several military facilities in the Pacific Northwest, and more deployments are coming. VA is a few years behind — officials agreed to adopt the same system as DOD in 2017, and they are set to begin fielding the Cerner platform in 2020.

Right now, responsibilities for the two efforts are stovepiped — with no single person or entity having decision-making authority when it comes to disputes over data, governance, workflows, architecture, cybersecurity or other potential points of contention.

Source: Can anyone lead the $20B DOD-VA health IT modernization project? — FCW

DOD shifts employee training to OPM’s USA Learning | FCW


The Department of Defense is moving the management of its skills training courses to the Office of Personnel Management and the government’s centralized learning and development program.

DOD acting Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman said May 3 that moving online training courses to OPM’s USA Learning platform would cut costs and better target training for employees.

Source: DOD shifts employee training to OPM’s USA Learning — FCW

U.S. Democrats edge toward court battles over Mueller, Trump’s taxes | Reuters


The Mueller report and Trump’s taxes are central to the oversight efforts of six Democratic-led House committees that are probing the president, his associates and his presidency.

The Mueller report detailed extensive contacts between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Moscow, but did not find that there was a conspiracy between Moscow and the campaign. The report also describes actions Trump took to try to impede Mueller’s investigation.

Source: U.S. Democrats edge toward court battles over Mueller, Trump’s taxes – Reuters

Images show construction on China’s third and largest aircraft carrier | Reuters


The images from April, provided to Reuters by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, reveal considerable recent activity during the last six months on a large vessel at the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai.

China has not formally confirmed it is building a third carrier, despite recent hints in state media, and the timing and extent of its carrier program remain state secrets.

Source: Exclusive: Images show construction on China’s third and largest aircraft carrier: analysts – Reuters

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