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05/24/2017

Key Issues

Broadband/Communications

FCC releases proposal to gut net neutrality rules. The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday published the text of its proposal to roll back the agency's net neutrality rules, allowing the public to comment on the new plan. (CNET)

Cybersecurity
More Evidence Points to North Korea in Ransomware Attack. More evidence emerged Monday that North Korean hackers were behind the global ransomware attack that still holds hundreds of thousands of computers hostage. (New York Times)
In a budget of cuts, cyber funding gets a boost. President Donald Trump's first full budget boasts of its major investments in cybersecurity tools for the military, FBI and Homeland Security Department. (Politico Pro)

Top hacker conference to target voting machines. Hackers will target American voting machines-as a public service, to prove how vulnerable they are. (Politico)

Public Sector

Trump budget pushes IT modernization. It's barely a rounding error in President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion federal budget proposal unveiled on May 23, but there is $228 million set aside for an IT modernization fund to be housed at the General Services Administration. (FCW)
Budget seeks $2.6 billion for border wall and supporting tech. President Donald Trump's budget request for the Department of Homeland Security won't cover a promised wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, but it beefs up border security with other kinds of technology. (FCW)

Pay, benefits and workforce reductions in the President's 2018 budget proposal. President Donald Trump wants to give civilian federal employees a 1.9 percent pay raise in 2018, according to his full budget proposal, which the White House released Tuesday. (Federal News Radio)

Trump nominates 30-year government veteran to be new OPM director. President Donald Trump finally has a long-awaited choice to fill a key position in the federal government that oversees everything from federal employee pay and benefit programs, recruitment and hiring efforts and even snow closure decisions. (Federal News Radio)

Artificial Intelligence

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for A.I.. It isn't looking good for humanity. (New York Times)
'Like A God,' Google A.I. Beats Human Champ Of Notoriously Complex Go Game. In the first of three matches with the world's No. 1 Go player, a Google artificial intelligence program claimed victory Tuesday. (NPR)

Taxes

Mnuchin's critique of border adjustability gets more pointed. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the unusual step Tuesday of openly criticizing the border adjustment provision that is a major pillar of the House Republican plan for comprehensive tax reform. (Politico Pro)
Republican divide over border adjustment apparent at tax hearing. House Republican divisions over plans to create a "border adjustable" business tax were readily apparent Tuesday at their first congressional hearing on the proposal. (Politico Pro)

Conservatives could complicate major tax reform vote. Leaders of the House Freedom Caucus want to use a crucial floor vote on tax reform as leverage to tie the effort to welfare reform and expand the number of committees that would have a say on the issue. (Politico Pro)

Environment/Sustainability

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs. President Trump's budget proposal for 2018 envisions a flurry of changes to domestic energy policy, reaping billions of dollars in one-time revenue from oil and gas resources while cutting research into future energy technologies that could pay long-term dividends. (New York Times)

Trump budget drops climate aid. President Donald Trump's detailed budget released today offers no money for the Green Climate Fund, and proposes reducing other international environmental assistance. (Politico Pro)
Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes a Global Force. The environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco last month to sign a global pact - drafted largely by California - to lower planet-warming greenhouse pollution. (New York Times)

Fuel economy rules would decouple "miles traveled" trend from "gas used" trend. If federal fuel economy rules aren't weakened, US drivers could consume 1.2 million fewer barrels of gasoline per day in 2025 than today. That's the projection of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the energy statistics branch of the US Energy Department. (Ars Technica)

Trump budget makes heavy cuts to science research. President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget unveiled Tuesday proposes massive cuts for the National Science Foundation. (The Hill)

Privacy

Apple reports a spike in government national security requests. The US and other governments around the world needed a lot of help getting data from Apple devices last year. (Ars Technica)

Federal Court Revives Wikimedia's Challenge to N.S.A. Surveillance. A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a high-profile challenge to the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of internet communications as they enter or exit the United States. (New York Times)

Appeals court decision keeps lawsuit against NSA surveillance alive. A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's decision to dismiss Wikimedia's lawsuit challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass interception of Americans' international digital communications. (The Hill)

Internet of Things
Driverless cars inspire a new gold rush in California. It is a breezy spring day in Willows, California, and a motley collection of cars is preparing to take on the winding course at the Thunderhill Raceway. But unlike most auto races, this isn't a test of the skill of the person sitting behind the wheel. These cars are driving themselves. (Financial Times)

Intellectual Property

Why it matters that patent trolls won't be able to force their cases in Texas. Until now, a company suing another company over patent infringement in the United States had a lot of leeway as to where the case could be filed, leading many patent holders to bring lawsuits in districts where the local laws and courts are more likely to rule on their side. (Recode)

Trade

Even Harley-Davidson Can't Resist the Tug of Overseas Factories. More evidence emerged Monday that North Korean hackers were behind the global ransomware attack that still holds hundreds of thousands of computers hostage. (New York Times)

The TPP Moves Forward Without Trump's America. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is still alive. (Forbes)

Trump's tradeoff: More money for import restriction, less for export promotion. The Trump administration Tuesday proposed the creation of 22 new full-time jobs at the Commerce Department to focus on keeping out unfairly traded imports, while eliminating more than 230 positions geared toward boosting U.S. exports around the world. (Politico Pro)

Immigration

Trump DOJ budget targets illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is proposing to trim DOJ's overall budget in the coming year, but he wants to boost funding for a crackdown on illegal immigration. (Politico Pro)
Tech Politics

Trump's budget surprises and wishful thinking. President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget breaks with Republican orthodoxy on domestic programs, funds programs he threatened to cut, increases spending where he called for less, and cuts parts of government he promised not to touch. (Politico Pro)

Democrats Push for Transit Funds; Infrastructure Budget Details. Senate Democrats urged the Transportation Department to release grants for billions of dollars worth of transit projects for ferries, light rail and more in the federal transit agency's pipeline, in a letter sent ahead of the administration's fiscal 2018 budget request.The letter signed by 26 Senate Democrats criticized the proposal in President Donald Trump's "skinny budget" that would cut funds for the Capital Investment Grant program. (BNA)

Workforce/Diversity

Can the American Heartland Remake Itself in the Image of Silicon Valley? One Startup Finds Out. Ross Diedrich had gone pale and raw-boned. The CEO of a year-old startup in Denver, he'd stay at his office until the middle of the night, go home and sleep for about five hours, then chug a spinach smoothie and start again. Wired)

Apple hones diversity push with new VP role. It looks like Apple is getting more serious about diversity. (Ars Technica)

Tech Business

China tech emerges as the global hotspot for VC capital. Venture capital funding is continuing to pour into Asia, with the year-to-date run rate putting the region's tech start-ups on track to pull in $56.44bn this year, a 132 per cent annual rise. (Financial Times)

ITI Member News

Apple Settles Legal Dispute With Nokia. Apple and Nokia settled a legal dispute on Tuesday over the right of the iPhone maker to use patents and other intellectual property owned by the Finnish telecommunications company. (New York Times)
Google's AI takes on champion in fresh Go challenge. It follows its historic win against Lee Se-dol last year, described by experts as a breakthrough moment for AI. (BBC News)

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff. Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases - even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday. (Washington Post)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will participate in an arrival ceremony at the Vatican. The President will then participate in an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. Later in the morning, the President and the First Lady will participate in an expanded audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. The President will then participate in a bilateral meeting with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Later in the morning, the President and the First Lady will tour the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The President will then participate in a bilateral meeting with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy. The President and the First Lady will then depart Rome, Italy en route to Brussels, Belgium. Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will take an official photo with Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. The President will then participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium.

Today on the Hill

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

10:00 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of John J. Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State.

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