July 28, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

July 28, 2019

1. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2. H.Res.246 [116th] Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.
3. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
4. H.R.397 [116th] Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019
5. H.R.1327 [116th] Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act
6. H.R.549 [116th] Venezuela TPS Act of 2019
7. H.R.2500 [116th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
8. H.R.693 [116th] PAST Act
9. H.R.3877 [116th] Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019
10. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act

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2020 Democratic Debate: Top 10 Takeaways | Time


Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Detroit on Tuesday night for a debate that revealed the party’s fault lines on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to foreign policy.

Here are 10 of the top takeaways …

Source: 2020 Democratic Debate: Top 10 Takeaways | Time

IT procurement fraud ring targets federal agencies | FCW


A fraud ring with Nigerian roots is leveraging the Department of Homeland Security’s procurement operations to steal thousands of dollars worth of IT gear from vendors, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general.

Fraudsters based in the U.S. and in Nigeria, according to a report issued by the DHS OIG on July 16, have been masquerading as DHS and other federal agency procurement officials to issue fake bid solicitations to commercial IT equipment vendors.

The OIG said it became aware of the scam last July, when it discovered members of a criminal ring based in Atlanta impersonating a DHS procurement officer to get shipments of computer equipment.

Source: IT procurement fraud ring targets federal agencies — FCW

Navy cracks down on personal email, social media | FCW


The Navy CIO reminded department personnel in a July 12 memo about govermentwide and service policy regarding use of personal communications accounts to conduct official business.

“Under no circumstances should non-official messaging accounts, including, but not limited to, e-mail, social media, and messaging applications be used for official business based on personal convenience or preference,” Navy CIO Thomas Moldy said in the memo.

Source: Navy cracks down on personal email, social media — FCW

Oddball and Fearless take on the federal marketplace | FCW


If I told you that two of the charter members of a small support group for non-traditional IT contractors in the federal marketplace are named Oddball and Fearless, what would your reaction be? If you are like me, your reaction is: This isn’t your father’s IT market.

These contractors are non-traditional in more ways than one.

Travis Sorensen founded Oddball after graduating from business school in 2014, and entered the federal market in 2017 on the suggestion of someone at 18F whom he met at a startup event for veterans and who said the government needed companies that did great agile work. The 18Fer told Sorenson he could get veteran-owned small business status; Oddball recently got their first prime contract with VA.

Source: Oddball and Fearless take on the federal marketplace — FCW

What ever happened to CyberStat? | FCW


The Office of Management and Budget has all but stopped audit reviews of federal agencies to ensure they are complying with information security law.

Under the Federal Information Security Management Act, OMB is responsible for overseeing agency compliance on range of cybersecurity requirements designed to protect federal information systems. For years, one of OMB’s main tools for fulfilling that obligation was a series of intensive, data-driven review meetings, which federal agencies dubbed “CyberStat.”

A Government Accountability Office report released in July found that the number of such reviews has fallen off a cliff since the beginning of the Trump administration, from 24 in 2016 to zero thus far in 2019.

Source: What ever happened to CyberStat? — FCW

Who’s employed by the lifestyles of the rich and famous?


In today’s divergent economy, “U-shapes” are everywhere!

And yet, what is that very tall bar on the low-skill left side of the “U” chart? Looming over all other occupational groups in our depiction, that especially tall bar reflects the super-fast growth of “personal care and service” occupations—often face-to-face service work. And there’s a story in that.

Personal care and services occupations, as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, represent the fastest growing segment of the job market for non-college-educated workers and epitomize the eye-popping workings of a “bar-bell” economy in which the consumer demands of the well-off furnish a key source of growth in the low-skill economy.

Source: Who’s employed by the lifestyles of the rich and famous?

On Hong Kong, the US must find its voice


Many different people are looking at the ongoing turbulence in Hong Kong from different perspectives.

This includes politicians in other countries and those with all manner of agendas in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, East Asia, and further afield. Most businesspeople wish for a return to stability and a restoration of the status quo ante. Many other observers are rooting for the voices of the people of Hong Kong to be heard in an overbearing political environment. Some are clamoring for a fight and want to see Beijing’s nose bloodied.

There is no doubt about Beijing’s agenda.

In the near term, it wants the protests halted and the protesters quashed. While Beijing would prefer Hong Kong authorities to do what’s necessary to restore order, they also have removed any pretense of subtlety about their willingness to take matters into their own hands, should they deem it necessary.

Over the medium term, Beijing would like to tighten control over Hong Kong and prevent it from becoming enveloped in instability again.

Source: On Hong Kong, the US must find its voice

EssilorLuxottica sets sights on retail dominance with $8 billion GrandVision deal | Reuters


The deal marks a new milestone for EssilorLuxottica, which was formed last year from the merger of French lens maker Essilor and Italian eyewear group Luxottica, but which has been hit by disputes over who should run the group.

GrandVision, whose chains include Vision Express in Britain and For Eyes in the United States, would give EssilorLuxottica control of more than 7,000 outlets across the world where it already sells brands including Varilux lenses and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Source: EssilorLuxottica sets sights on retail dominance with $8 billion GrandVision deal – Reuters

Getting under the hood of Amazon’s auto ambitions | Reuters

nullWhile Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said little publicly about the company’s ambitions in the sector, the strategy is aimed at leveraging Amazon’s strengths in logistics, cloud computing and digital services together with new interests in related fields from robotics to manufacturing, according to more than two dozen people, including Amazon executives and industry executives familiar with the strategy, and a Reuters analysis of Amazon’s patent activity.

Source: Getting under the hood of Amazon’s auto ambitions – Reuters