Appropriations Move Ahead

Congress has started the new fiscal year as it usually does with a short-term bill. However, full appropriations may not be enacted until next spring. And yet, another stimulus bill may infuse more money into technology programs. Congress and the White House agreed to a short-term bill to fund the federal government and all its … Continue reading Appropriations Move Ahead

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part II

Appropriations will, of course, be enacted, but when is the question. And along with bills to fund the U.S. government come policy direction. As Congress returns from an eventful summer recess, it is possible technology focused and related legislation is passed or advances towards passage before the body leaves Washington in late September. Yesterday, we … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part II

House Appropriations Committee Passes Bills With Funding For and Directives To Technology Agencies

Four bills full of technology funding and programmatic direction are reported to the House. First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. The House Appropriations Committee finished work on four of the FY 2021 appropriations bills … Continue reading House Appropriations Committee Passes Bills With Funding For and Directives To Technology Agencies

Senate Armed Services Marks Up FY 2021 NDAA

Per usual, the NDAA contains a number of technology related provisions, including a some of the CSC’s recommendations. The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation continue to receive attention. First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 … Continue reading Senate Armed Services Marks Up FY 2021 NDAA

“I’m Shocked, Shocked To Find That Gambling Is Going On In Here”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated its January “The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2019 to 2029,” and to what should be no great surprise, the U.S.’s projected fiscal condition is, well, not good. To anyone monitoring the CBO’s economic and budget updates, this is really not news. Nor is the insistence of some that … Continue reading “I’m Shocked, Shocked To Find That Gambling Is Going On In Here”

Budget Deal Reached; Battle Over FY 2020 Appropriations Continues

As has been widely reported in the media, Congress and the White House agreed on a deal to raise the FY 2020 and 2021 budget caps and suspend the debt ceiling until July 2021. Ostensibly, this clears the way for Congress to send appropriations bills to the White House in September when the two chambers … Continue reading Budget Deal Reached; Battle Over FY 2020 Appropriations Continues

FY 2020 Appropriations Starting

It’s a been a while. In any event, it’s a big week. The House Appropriations Committee begins work on FY 2020 appropriations bills even though top-line numbers haven’t entirely been decided in the Democratic Caucus, and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases its revised baseline on this coming Thursday, May 2. This week’s House Appropriations … Continue reading FY 2020 Appropriations Starting

BCA Spending Caps and FY 2020 and 2021

With the Congress and the President having finally agreed on funding for FY 2019, many policymakers in the legislative and executive branches have turned their thoughts to the caps on discretionary spending for the next two fiscal years, especially now that the President’s budget was submitted today. First, it must be noted that these will … Continue reading BCA Spending Caps and FY 2020 and 2021