GREAT Act Reintroduced to Standardize Grant Reporting

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced legislation that would create a standard reporting system for federal awards, including grants and cooperative agreements. The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act has been introduced by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Enzi, (R-WY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH).

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House Appropriations Legislation Includes Pay Raise for Federal Employees, Spending Boosts for IRS

The House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed a bill yesterday which includes $24.55 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $1.4 billion over the 2019 enacted funding levels and $355.5 million over the president’s 2020 budget request. The bill grants federal employees the largest pay raise in over 10 years.

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Senate Introduces National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence

The Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act is the first comprehensive Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy to address the needs of a changing workforce and help the federal community understand this emerging technology. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have heralded this as a bipartisan bill to invest $2.2 billion over five years to “build an AI-ready workforce, accelerating the responsible delivery of AI applications from government agencies, academia, and the private sector over the next 10 years.”

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