Category Archives: Science / Space / Technology

H.R.2123 – VETS Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending November 10, 2017 H.R.2123 – VETS Act of 2017 Brief – The bill is also known as the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act. HR 2123 allows a licensed health care professional of the Department of Veterans Affairs to practice his or her profession using telemedicine at any location in any […]

H.R.2142 – INTERDICT Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending October 27, 2017 H.R.2142 – INTERDICT Act Brief – H.R. 2142 provides U.S. Customs and Border Protection with the latest chemical screening devices and scientific support to detect and intercept fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Specifically, this bill will ensure that CBP has additional portable chemical screening devices available at ports […]

S.190 – Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending October 13, 2017 S.190 – Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act Brief – ‘The purpose of S. 190 is to provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of non-application of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance […]

H.R.3243 – FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending October 13, 2017 H.R.3243 – FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017 Brief – FITARA means Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act . HR 3243 would amend title 40, United States Code, to eliminate the sunset of certain provisions relating to information technology, to amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year […]

H.R.2763 – Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending October 13, 2017 H.R.2763 – Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017 Brief – “Under current law, the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs require federal agencies with extramural budgets for research and development that exceed specified amounts to set […]

H.R.2105 – NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending October 13, 2017 H.R.2105 – NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017 Brief – HR 2105 would require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to disseminate guidance to help reduce small business cybersecurity risks, and for other purposes. Not later than one year after the date of […]

H.R.2454 – Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending September 15, 2017 H.R.2454 – Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017 Brief – HR2454 would ‘direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a data framework to provide access for appropriate personnel to law enforcement and other information of the Department, and for other purposes.’ ‘In general.—The Secretary […]

H.R.3388 – DECAL Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending September 8, 2017 H.R.3388 – DECAL Act Brief – DECAL stands for ‘Designating Each Car’s Automation Level Act’. The bill would require the Secretary of Transportation ‘To provide for information on highly automated driving systems to be made available to prospective buyers.’ To that end ‘Not later than 3 years after […]

H.R.2227 – MGT Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 19, 2017 H.R.2227 – MGT Act Brief – Under the bill the head of a government agency may establish an information technology system modernization and working capital fund to “Accelerate the acquisition and deployment of modernized information technology solutions, such as cloud computing, by addressing impediments in the areas of […]

H.R.353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending April 5, 2017 H.R.353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 Brief – HR 353 authorizes several National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs with the aim of enhancing weather forecasting and severe weather alerts. To those ends the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research is directed to conduct […]