Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has released reports in support of several management-related bills it approved recently, typically the last step before a vote by the full Senate. They are:

* S-1324, to create a four-year pilot program for a “civilian cybersecurity reserve” to help address shortages in federal cyber personnel shortages by authorizing the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to appoint civilian cybersecurity personnel to serve in temporary positions to supplement its own cybersecurity personnel as needed.

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* S-533, to require that agencies state on the first page of any guidance documents that did not undergo standard rule-making procedures but that are “intended to have a substantial effect on the behavior” of non-governmental parties that the guidance does not have the force and effect of law, and is intended only to provide clarity to the public about existing legal requirements or agency policies.

* S-629, to require agencies to report to the GAO when rules have been “revoked, suspended, replaced, amended, or otherwise made ineffective” in order to keep current its database of rules subject to the Congressional Review Act.

* S-664, to have GAO review bills reported out of congressional committees determine any risk of duplicating or overlapping with an existing program, office, or initiative previously identified in a GAO duplication, fragmentation, and overlap report.

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