Here’s a peek at The Roosevelt Group’s weekly Executive Insight Briefing, which shows what’s happened in the past week and what to expect:
DoD wants your feedback: Tell Us Why Small Businesses Can’t Get Contracts
Prepare yourselves: Climate Change May Halve Sugar and Coffee Output By 2099
Progress of the Biden Administration’s confirmation process. For a more detailed breakdown, click to the Washington Post’s confirmation tracker.
The House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday approved an additional $865 million in funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Should the bill pass the House and Senate, CISA would receive a funding influx across numerous programs after numerous high-profile cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure and federal agencies.The largest chunk of money—$400 million—would be obligated to help CISA meet President Joe Biden’s May executive order on improving the nation’s cybersecurity.
The Department of Defense started 11 of the last 12 fiscal years under a continuing resolution, which provides temporary funding for federal agencies when Congress hasn’t enacted regular appropriations by the start of the fiscal year. DOD officials said continuing resolutions can delay their ability to pay for goods or services and can lead to repetitive administrative tasks or incremental planning. We found DOD has practices to minimize the effects of this kind of funding. For example, the military services may postpone contracts or nonessential training early in the year—when they’re more likely to be under a continuing resolution. GAO found that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the military services’ obligations and acquisitions are limited during a Continuing Resolution (CR), but they have some practices in place to minimize the effects.
Military members and families affected by surging housing costs in 56 areas around the country may soon get relief through a temporary hike in their Basic Allowance for Housing. DoD officials had not officially confirmed the initiative to Military Times by publication time, but the start is imminent, according to a Pentagon source with knowledge of the discussions. The temporary BAH hike has been approved by DoD personnel officials and is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, the source said. A partial copy of an “action memo” within the Defense Department, which has been circulating on social media, requests temporary BAH increases of between 10 to 20 percent for 56 specific areas. The memo from J.B. Busch, DoD’s director of military compensation policy, to Leonard Litton, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy, asks for Litton’s approval of the temporary BAH hikes and states the temporary rates would remain in effect through December 2021.
As fifth generation (“5G”) wireless cellular networks gain prominence globally, mobile connectivity for vehicles is increasingly gaining influence. Today, 5G Americas, the voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas announced the publication of a new white paper entitled “Vehicular Connectivity: C-V2X and 5G,” which covers the impacts of 5G-based cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies on vehicles, embedded infrastructure, and intelligent transportation networks.