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Department of Defense “4th Estate” to Use GSA’s OASIS Contract Vehicles

GSA news releases - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:00am
DPAP Signs Memorandum of Understanding with GSA

Wicker to Convene Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on FirstNet

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, will convene the panel for a hearing titled, “FirstNet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network” on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Commerce Approves 3 Bills, Multiple Nominations

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved three bills, including the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2015 which provides relief from regulatory burdens disproportionately affecting small internet providers.

Office of Advocacy’s Anniversary Symposium

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:44am

Office of Advocacy’s Anniversary Symposium

June 22, 2016
Washington Court Hotel 
525 New Jersey Ave N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Location

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave N.W. Washington, D.C.
United States
38° 53' 48.7968" N, 77° 0' 39.0888" W
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Executive Session

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. to consider the following legislation measures and pending nominations.

Click here for more information on the nominees.

Agenda:
 
1.    S. 2283, Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2015, Sponsors: Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
2.    S. 1490, Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2015, Sponsors: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
3.    S. 3038, Coastal Coordination Act of 2016, Sponsors: Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
4.    Nominations for promotion in the Coast Guard
a.    Rear Adm. Marshall B. Lytle III, U.S. Coast Guard
b.    Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, U.S. Coast Guard
5.    Nomination of Rebecca F. Dye, of North Carolina, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner (reappointment)
 
* Agenda subject to change

Hearing Details:
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
10:00 a.m. ET
Full Committee Hearing
Senate Russell Building 253
 
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov

Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement

Mr. Chairman, I want to open by thanking the members of the committee who have expressed their heartfelt support for the victims of the Orlando tragedy.  I, along with my fellow Floridians, are truly grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support from around the world.   Such support is evidence that love can triumph over all, including fear, hate and tragedy.    We are united as a community, state and nation in our resolve to honor the victims, as well as support the survivors and their families. 

Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this markup. 

Last week, on World Oceans Day, Senator Wicker and I introduced — the Coastal Coordination Act.  As Gulf State Senators, we know the importance of coordination at all levels—local, state, and federal—when it comes to coastal zone management—both during emergency situations like an oil spill or a hurricane and during everyday governance.

In 1972, Congress enacted the Coastal Zone Management Act. And in the 44 years since, it’s been significantly amended only once—in 1990. The CZMA works well, and there are success stories from across the 34 states and territories that participate in the program.

But I want to highlight one from Florida. In 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved an initiative by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to help communities become more resilient by planning for sea level rise.  The funding provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act has allowed for Florida to test flood risk adaptation plans in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. And though the project is still ongoing, last year the city unveiled the first 16 designated Adaptation Action Areas, with 38 planned projects. This initiative will allow Fort Lauderdale to construct coastal infrastructure like roads to better accommodate rising sea levels. 

The Coastal Zone Management Act has also given states the ability to have a say in federal actions that have the potential to undermine the states resources or uses of its coast. But Congress hasn’t reauthorized the bill in decades—even though our coasts are changing and development is booming.

This bill encourages states to work together on interstate and regional issues—like the efforts of the five Gulf States to come together with federal partners to respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Because fish, water, sand, and weather don’t know where one state ends and another begins. And it acknowledges the incredible resource we have in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

My state is home to three unique and diverse estuarine reserves—in the Apalachicola Bay off the Panhandle, Rookery Bay on the Southwest coast, and Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas on our Atlantic coast. All three are home to excellent research, education, and training opportunities. But I’ll give you just one example of how the research at these reserves can improve coastal management.

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system flows through three states: Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. It feeds a world-class oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay. But so much water is being taken out of the system in Georgia that the oyster population is on the brink of collapse. In 2013, this committee held a field hearing in Apalachicola. That same year the plight of the Apalachicola oysters was so dire that the Secretary of Commerce declared a federal fishery disaster.

Well, each year, two graduate students are funded specifically to conduct priority research in the reserve at Apalachicola Bay. And that research has laid the scientific foundation for us to understand that reduced freshwater flows from the river are harming the environment of the Bay. The work of the estuarine reserve system directly benefits coastal management decisions.

So management of our ocean and coastal resources must be coordinated across all levels of government, and states must work together to find regional solutions so that we minimize conflict and reduce duplication. That’s what this bill is about. And that’s why it enjoys the support of the Coastal States Organization, the National Estuarine Research Reserves Association, and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. I’ve got a few letters of support here that I will enter for the record. With that, I urge my colleagues to support the bill.

The Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2015 is also before us today.  Introduced by Senator Klobuchar, this bipartisan bill would create an advisory office in the Bureau of Consumer Protection to help the Federal Trade Commission crack down on fraud that targets elderly Americans.  The bill has been endorsed by the AARP and the Elder Justice Coalition.  As a senator from the state of Florida and as the former Chairman of the Aging Committee, I am all too aware of how fraudsters and con-artists specifically target the elderly.  Too often, our senior citizens are fleeced of their life savings by criminals who exploit their financial stability.  Senator Klobuchar’s bill will enhance the FTC’s ongoing work to sharply focus on deceptive acts and practices against seniors and would further draw from the expertise from a wide array of government agencies.  I want to commend Senator Klobuchar for her commitment to protecting senior citizens, and I also want to commend the dedicated staff at the FTC for their ongoing and important outreach and enforcement activities.

The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2016 is also on today’s agenda.  Senators Daines, Manchin and Cantwell have worked hard to reach an agreement on that bill.  While I respect the goals of this legislation, the bill, if passed, would mean that approximately three million more consumers – for a total of nine million consumers – will lose access to important information about how their broadband provider operates its network.  All consumers, irrespective of the size of their broadband providers, deserve information about the fees associated with their service, along with how their monthly broadband usage can affect their rates. 

I also want to touch briefly on yesterday’s decision from the D.C. Circuit affirming the FCC’s net neutrality rules.  I am pleased that the court upheld these important open Internet protections.  It is a significant milestone for consumer protections on the Internet and a strong affirmation by the court of the FCC’s authority under the Communications Act. 

We also have a number of nominations on the agenda today.

Rear Admiral Marshall B. Lytle III is nominated for promotion to the grade of Vice Admiral, to serve as Director for Command, Communications, and Computers/Cyber and as Chief Information Officer on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. And Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette is nominated to serve as the Pacific Area Commander, in which position he will be the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. 

Blair Anderson has been nominated to one of the top policy spots at the Department of Transportation. As the Under Secretary for Policy, he would be the principal advisor to the secretary and help coordinate all of the Department’s policy efforts. As the Department works to quickly implement the FAST Act, it is vital that there is a strong leader in this role. 

We are also considering Rebecca Dye’s renomination to be commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission. She has been a valuable member of the commission. 

We need to get these nominations passed and also move nominations that have been stuck on the floor, including Dan Maffei to be a commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission and Scott Darling to be administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

<div>"Good morning. Thanks to everyone

"Good morning. Thanks to everyone for being here today. I first wanted to let folks know that this will be the first of two Committee markups we will be having this month. 

"While the full agenda for the next markup is not set, we do plan to consider the soon-to-be-introduced American Innovation and Competitiveness Act that Senators Gardner and Peters have been working on, as well as Senator Roberts’ Kelsey Smith Act, which is cosponsored by Senators Moran, Blunt, Ayotte, and Fischer. 
"If Members have items that they would like to be considered by the Committee before we break for our August state work period, please let me, Senator Nelson, or our staff know as soon as possible.

"Today, we will be considering a handful of measures and nominations.  The first item on the agenda, Senator Daines’ Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, which takes one component of the difficult and sometimes toxic debate over Internet regulations, and tries to strike an honest and reasonable compromise that both protects Internet end users and relieves regulatory burdens that disproportionately affect small Internet providers.

"The language of the bipartisan Daines-Manchin substitute, which we expect to be accepted by voice vote today, passed the House of Represenatives by a unanimous 411 to zero vote on March 16.
"The compromise still ensures meaningful transparency for consumers, as the disclosure requirements from the 2010 regulations remain in place.
"The Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Klobuchar, Ayotte, Collins, Schatz, McCaskill, and others, addresses the issue of senior fraud.
"Seniors, those Americans aged 65 and older, number over 43 million and are the fastest growing segment of the population.
"This bill would create an advisory office within the Federal Trade Commision’s Bureau of Consumer Protection to advise the Commission on the prevention of fraud targeting seniors by monitoring the market for specific fraud schemes aimed at seniors, and coordinating with other agencies to provide consumer education materials to seniors and their caregivers.

"The final legislative item on the agenda, the Coast Coordination Act of 2016, sponorsed by Senators Nelson and Wicker, reauthorizes the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and ensures regional coordination in the Gulf of Mexico in order to reduce duplication of efforts and maximize efficiencies. 
"We have two Coast Guard flag officer promotions on the agenda, Admiral Lytle to be Vice Admiral and Chief Information Officer on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, and Admiral Fred Midgette to be Vice Admiral and Commander of Pacific Area.  
"Because Admiral Lytle will be taking up a position on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, his nomination has been sequentially referred to the Armed Services Committee, and the Armed Services Committee will have 45 days to act on the nomination once it is reported out of the Commerce Committee.

"We also have two civilian nominations on today’s agenda.  Rebecca Dye has been a member of the Federal Maritime Commission since 2002, and President Obama has reappointed her to another term.  I appreciate Ms. Dye’s many years of service on the Commission, and look forward to working with her as she continues her service. 

"The agenda also includes the nomination of Blair Anderson to be Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Transportation.  Mr. Anderson is currently serving as the Deputy Administrator at the National Highway Safety Administration.  Prior to that, he served as the Acting Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Transportation.  Mr. Anderson has a wide range of experience at DOT, and I think he is well qualified to take up this important policy post at DOT.
"With that, I will turn to Senator Nelson for any opening remarks he would like to make." 

Administrator Roth, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Nate Loewentheil, Senior Policy Advisor at the National Economic Council, Announce Sale of Metro West

GSA news releases - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:00am
Sale of Metro West Complex to spur economic development in Downtown Baltimore and save the federal government more than $3 million a year

GSA and DOT Release Request for Proposals for the Volpe Center Exchange

GSA news releases - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:00am
Next phase in transforming federal land into state-of-the-art facility

Committee Holds Small Business Owners Roundtable on Cutting Government Red Tape

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:00am

Job Creators Tell Committee Members: DOL Overtime Rule Bad for Their Businesses

WASHINGTON – Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) held a roundtable discussion with small business owners from across the country on how their businesses and workers will be harmed by the new overtime rule issued by theDepartment of Labor last month. Committee members and entrepreneurs discussed how the Obama Administration’s pattern of regulatory overreach has created an atmosphere of uncertainty for America’s small businesses and hurt the very employees they claim to help.

“For months now, our Committee has been warning the Obama administration that the proposed DOL overtime rule will be a disaster for America’s 28 million small businesses and their workers,” said Chairman Chabot (R-OH). With the December 1st compliance deadline approaching, small employers and their employees are now dealing with the consequences of this terrible policy in the form of job losses, demotions, less flexibility, lower wages, and reduced benefits.Today’s discussion highlighted just how devastating this rule will be for the millions of Americans who go to work every day at a small business. During these difficult times, small businesses need to know we have their back and will continue to do all we can to slash the government red tape that is harming them.”

Participants in the roundtable included Committee members Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS) and Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), as well as Ms. Rudaina Hamade of Renaissance Property Management Solutions, LLC in Dearborn, MI, Mr. Ron Collins, of JCM Industries in Nash, TX, Mr. Harold Jackson of Buffalo Supply in Lafayette, CO, Ms. Ciara Stockeland, the Founder and COO of Mama Mia Inc. / MODE in Fargo, ND, Dr. Herb Sohn, the Owner of Strauss Surgical Group in Chicago, IL, Ms. Maxine Turner, President of Cuisine Unlimited Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT, Mr. Ian MacLean, of Highland Landscaping, LLC in Southlake, TX, and Mr. Jeffrey G. Tucker of Tucker Company Worldwide, Inc. in Haddonfield, NJ.

BACKGROUND:

  • Chairman Chabot has served as co-chairman of the special House Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens. Yesterday, Speaker Ryan, Chairman Chabot and House Republicans unveiled the work of the task force in front of the Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • You can read the full report titled “A Better Way to Grow the Economy” here and view video of Chabot’s remarks yesterday here.
  • Chairman Chabot is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, which would nullify the rule and require the DOL do a thorough economic impact analysis of any substantially similar rule.

Chabot, Committee Members talk cutting government red tape with a diverse roundtable of small business owners from across the United States

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NIST Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Concept Paper Addressing Smart Home Technology

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:28pm

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input from industry stakeholders on the challenges of identification, authentication, and authorization for devices with the ability to connect to the internet and to send and receive data, including requirements for authentication and authorization of autonomous non-person entities (NPE) found in smart home devices.

Categories: Latest News, SBA Advocate

Nelson Statement on D.C. Court of Appeals Net Neutrality Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee issued the following statement on today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the FCC's net neutrality rules:

“I am pleased that the court upheld the important open Internet protections that the FCC put into place last year,” said Nelson.  “This is a significant milestone for consumer protections on the Internet.”

Thune and Wicker Statements on FCC Open Internet Order Court Decision

“Today’s 2-1 court ruling upholding the FCC’s partisan decision to saddle the internet with restrictions designed for the monopoly telephone era says more about our outdated telecommunications laws than anything else.”

A Better Way to Grow Our Economy

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:00am

 

Third Plank of Bold Agenda Includes More Than 100 Ideas to Tackle Excessive Regulations, Develop American Energy, and Promote Financial Independence

From the Office of the Speaker:

WASHINGTON—Today, House Republicans unveiled a plan to grow our economy by tackling excessive regulations, developing American energy, and promoting financial independence for people who work hard and do the right thing. It is our vision for a Confident America that is the best place in the world to live, work, build things, start a business, and raise a family.

Lawmakers will talk about this plan later today at a press conference near the Capitol.

This is the third plank of A Better Way, a bold agenda to tackle some of our country’s biggest challenges. Last week, Republicans unveiled initiatives aimed atlifting people out of poverty andkeeping the American people safe.

Our plan—available now at better.gop—is comprised of at least 101 ideas, including:

· Fewer and smarter regulations. Cut down on needless regulations and make the rules we do need more efficient and effective.

· More affordable and reliable energy. Connect our energy boom to consumers, responsibly produce more of our own resources, and end needless delays that hold up jobs and projects.

· More financial independence and no more bailouts. Reward people who work hard and do the right thing, and put an end to Wall Street bailouts.

· More choices for workers and students. Make it easier for people to excel in schools and workplaces, and rip up the red tape that gets in their way.

· Real Internet innovation. Establish clear and consumer-friendly rules that prevent the FCC from making up regulations as it goes along.

· A crack down on lawsuit abuse. Keep trial lawyers in check, and improve protections for consumers and small businesses.

These ideas were developed by the Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens, which includes: Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA).

About A Better Way. A Better Way is a bold policy agenda to address some of the country’s biggest challenges. It takes our timeless principles—liberty, free enterprise, consent of the governed—and applies them to the problems of our time. Developed with input from around the country, it starts the debate now on what we can achieve in 2017 and beyond. It is our vision for a Confident America, at home and abroad. Now we are taking these ideas to the people, so you have a clear choice about the direction of the country. To learn more, visit better.gop.

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Senate Advances Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Bill to the President’s Desk

The Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016 reauthorizes the federal pipeline safety program in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through fiscal year 2019.

GSA Hosts First-Ever Conversation on Cybersecurity National Action Plan

GSA news releases - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:00am
Industry and Government Leaders Convene to Discuss Next-Gen Cybersecurity Solutions

Historic Connecticut Lighthouses Hit GSA Auction Block

GSA news releases - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:00am
Historic Connecticut Lighthouses Hit GSA Auction Block

GSA Issues GSA SmartPay 3 Draft Request for Proposal

GSA news releases - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:00am
SmartPay 3 payment solution offers even more value to our customer agencies

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