Funding for supercomputing research at the Energy Department would substantially decrease should a House Appropriations Committee spending bill for the coming fiscal year become law. Included in Energy Department fiscal 2014 spending proposals was $465.59 million for its Advanced Scientific Computing Research program; the bill reported out by committee would reduce that amount by $33.23 million.
The House Appropriations Committee June 26 approved $30.4 billion for fiscal 2014 spending on energy and water development. The legislation (.pdf) provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Energy Department and other related agencies.
Current policy documents, the committee says in the legislative report (.pdf) accompanying its June 14 23-3 markup of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act (S. 1197), lack depth and breadth and fall short of an "integrated policy to deter adversaries in cyberspace." In calling for a cyber deterrence policy, SASC places itself squarely in the middle of an ongoing debate over the extent to which cyber deterrence is possible.
The Senate Armed Services Committee says it has concerns that oversight of Cyber Command and the cyber mission within the Defense Departments is "is fragmented and weak," calling for creation of a Senate-confirmed position within the undersecretary of defense for policy to supervise and manage the funds of offensive cyber forces.
The Senate committee overseeing the Defense Department says the position of departmental chief information officer should be folded into the duties of the deputy chief management officer and the position of the DCMO elevated in authority to the level of undersecretary of defense.
The Senate Appropriations committee voted 23-6 to approve the fiscal 2014 military construction and Veterans Affairs bill on June 20. The bill would provide $74.4 billion in discretionary funding and $84.5 billion in mandatory funding.
A proposed substitute amendment for the comprehensive immigration bill under consideration in the Senate that would increase border security funding by $38 billion and deploy an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents to the southwestern border has livened prospects for bill passage in the Senate--although critics from left and right have been quick to criticize it.
The Senate Armed Services Committee marked up its version of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act, laying out $625.1 billion in proposed spending for the Defense Department and defense activities of the Energy Department.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is still readying a standard for the use of iris images in federal identity cards and intends to release a special publication covering the use of the iris biometric this July, said Charles Romine, director of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory. Romine spoke June 19 during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on government operations. By most standards, the hearing, chaired by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), was unusual.
The comprehensive immigration bill under consideration in the Senate would result in $197 billion in deficit reduction in the next decade, according to an estimate that the Congressional Budget Office released June 18. Added revenue from the bill (S. 744) would total $459 billion from fiscals 2014 to 2023, largely from income and payroll taxes. Only about one-fourth of that revenue would come in during the first 5 years though.