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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CASES Act Passes Unanimously Out of Senate Committee

Bipartisan legislation aimed at improving constituent services passed unanimously out of committee in the Senate this week. The Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services for Constituents (CASES) Act of 2019 seeks to streamline the process by which constituents, congressional offices, and agencies interact by modernizing provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974.

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