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CFATS legislation advances to full House Homeland Security Committee

Legislation authorizing for three years the Homeland Security Department's dangerous chemical substance regulation program is now set to face the full House Homeland Security Committee following a Thursday vote.

Study: Donors more likely to land meetings with lawmakers

Constituents who referred to themselves as donors were more likely to secure meetings with members of Congress or their chiefs of staff, finds a new study. A member of Congress or chief of staff met with the constituents in 12.5 percent of the cases where the emails called the constituents "donors," compared to just 2.4 percent when the emails did not.

House bill summaries now available in XML

House of Representatives bill summaries are now available in XML format for bulk data download through the Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System, or  FDsys. While the bill summaries are prepared by the Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, the GPO will add them to FDsys' Bulk Data repository, says a Feb. 4  announcement.

Proposed legislation would overhaul federal IT development

Draft legislation introduced Jan. 27 by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) would create a central office, within the White House, to review and guide agency information technology projects.

Congress again rejects National Preparedness Grant Program

Congressional appropriators again slapped down a Federal Emergency Management Agency attempt to consolidate 16 of its grant programs into a single program known as the National Preparedness Grant Program – but state and local grants appropriations overall are robust.

NIST's fiscal 2014 funding improves over previous years

Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology this fiscal year under the omnibus federal funding bill signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17 will be better than in recent years past. The compromise funding bill (H.R. 3547) appropriates $850 million for NIST – not as much as the Commerce Department bureau's $928.3 million request, but $41 million above the enacted fiscal 2013 level, and well more than the $782.4 million it received in fiscal 2012.

VA information technology appropriations go up under omnibus

Veterans Affairs Department information technology appropriations for the current fiscal year are set to reach $3.7 billion, an amount that exceeds the departmental  request  of $3.68 billion.

Spotlight: DoD and DHS cybersecurity spending to grow under omnibus

The omnibus appropriations bill likely to fund federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year includes $447 million for Cyber Command, states a House Appropriations Committee summary (.pdf)....

Omnibus appropriations would restore military pensions for medically retired veterans

The omnibus appropriations bill unveiled Monday includes a 1 percent pay increase to some federal workers and restores full pensions to some working age military retirees. The Postal Service would continue delivering mail six days a week under a provision in the bill. It also blocks the agency from closing small and rural post offices in fiscal 2014.

Leahy proposes Computer Fraud and Abuse Act changes; House to vote on healthcare.gov data bills

Legislation proposed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) would make it an explicit felony to damage critical infrastructure systems or information, with violators subject to three to 20 years imprisonment. Leahy's bill comes as the House prepares to vote Friday on two healthcare data related bills that both  passed  through the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.