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06/21/2017

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Tax

Behind the scenes at President Trump's private talks with the tech industry. For the past seven months, tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft have been at war with the White House - fighting President Donald Trump in court over immigration, while blasting him in public for his stance on climate change. (ITI Dean Garfield Mentioned, Recode)
Cohn: Tax legislation will be released in early fall. White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn said that he expects a tax reform bill will be considered by Congress in September. (ITI Dean Garfield Mentioned, The Hill)

Ryan takes on allies over permanent tax reform. House Speaker Paul Ryan pushed back Tuesday against some members of his own party in Congress and the Trump administration who have said they are open to a temporary tax reform plan. (Politico Pro)

Paul Ryan Talks Up Likelihood of Tax Overhaul. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) expressed confidence Tuesday that Republicans can "fix this nation's tax code, once and for all" this year despite a long row of hurdles in front of them. (Wall Street Journal)

Public Sector

McCain dresses down DOD deputy nominee. If Patrick Shanahan is going to be confirmed as the deputy secretary of defense, he has to do some additional homework and report back to the Senate Armed Services Committee, its chairman said. (FCW)

For second time this year, OPM warns of scam targeting federal annuitants. The Office of Personnel Management is warning federal employees of a second scam this year. This time, the scheme is an "aggressive marking push" by companies offering cash payments in exchange for all or part of beneficiaries' annuity payments. (Federal News Radio)

'There's a place for everybody' within SBA reorganization plan. When the government reorganization guidance came out, many agencies went back to their drawing boards to figure out how to cut costs and shrink their workforce. The SBA headed to the wanted ads. (Federal News Radio)

Three pillars of government IT. Aligning three critical components that make up a solid government IT foundation can improve efficiency, increase processing capacity and save agencies time and money. (FedScoop)

Evolving Government: Emerging technology's multiple paths to government adoption. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the emerging technologies of today will completely reinvent entire industries. (FedScoop)

DARPA announces call for research aimed at 'revolutionary advances'. The Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced open submissions for new awards for innovative research. (FedScoop)

Broadband/Communications

President Donald Trump will commit on Wednesday to improving internet access in the country's hardest-to-reach rural areas as a part of his forthcoming push to improve the nation's infrastructure. (Recode)
Trump heads to heartland for tech push. President Trump will travel to Iowa on Wednesday to highlight the need for Internet connectivity in rural areas and to promote the administration's technology agenda, as the White House takes its policy push outside of the frenzy of the Beltway. (The Hill)
Trump to meet with top executives on wireless tech, drones. U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss advanced wireless technologies and drones on Thursdaywith top executives at AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, T-Mobile US Inc and other firms, focusing on how government can create the right environment for breakthroughs. (Reuters)

Democrats slam proposed cuts to FCC budget, staffing. Democrats blasted the Trump administration's proposed fiscal 2018 budget cuts to the FCC. (Politico Pro)

How do you do business without high-speed internet?. Driving around rural Erie County, Pennsylvania, what you notice - aside from rolling hills, old farm houses, and the occasional small town - are the movie rental stores. There are a lot of them. (Marketplace)

More than 60 million urban Americans don't have access to or can't afford broadband internet. The divide between internet connectivity in urban and rural areas remains wide in the world's biggest economies. (Recode)
Tech Politics

Tech week could signal thaw between Trump and industry. As he surveyed a room of 18 tech executives whose companies are worth trillions of dollars, Donald Trump couldn't resist. (USA Today)

These are all the Silicon Valley companies that attended Trump's tech week. This is "tech week" at the White House, and that means that Silicon Valley's tech giants - not to mention Recode - are all over Washington, D.C. (Recode)
Environment/Energy

Op-Ed: The Green Energy Revolution Will Happen Without Trump. In the wake of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, a dozen states and more than 300 cities have pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in line with the Paris targets. (New York Times)

Op-Ed: This is the one climate solution that's best for the environment - and for business. President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord has induced a fateful pessimism about what can be expected of the country on this critical issue. (Washington Post)

Fisticuffs Over the Route to a Clean-Energy Future. Could the entire American economy run on renewable energy alone? (New York Times)
A bipartisan price on carbon? Here's what to watch for. Many prominent U.S. corporations, opinion leaders and NGOs have announced their support of the Climate Leadership Council (CLC) "carbon dividends" proposal. (Motherboard)

EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up. The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. (Washington Post)

EPA plans to buy out more than 1,200 employees this summer. The Environmental Protection Agency plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by early September through buyouts and early retirements, as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to shrink a government entity the president once promised to eliminate "in almost every form." (Washington Post)

Privacy

Senate Judiciary Committee tees up hearing on expiring spying programs. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a two-part hearing next week examining controversial surveillance programs set to expire soon, the panel announced today. (Politico Pro)

California bill seeks to bring back broadband privacy. California legislators joined the ranks of at least 19 states trying to strengthen online privacy protections in the wake of the federal repeal of internet privacy protections Monday. (StateScoop)

Cybersecurity
Defense policy bill fully funds Cyber Command, increases digital warfare oversight. The House version of the annual defense policy bill recommends fully funding President Donald's Trump $647 million request for U.S. Cyber Command in fiscal year 2018. (Politico Pro)
Digital Generals Are As Important As Military Generals. There are some economic realities that are inescapable. The very structure of the US economy has shifted dramatically in just fifteen years. (Forbes)

U.S. banks, corporations establish principles for cyber risk ratings firms. More than two dozen U.S. companies, including several big banks, have teamed up to establish shared principles that would allow them to better understand their cyber security ratings and to challenge them if necessary, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Survey: Cybersecurity concerns climbing. A new international survey of consumers finds rising concerns about all manner of security threats, and American are particularly nervous. (FCW)

CIO: HHS faces 500 million hack attempts per week. By virtue of possessing millions of medical records, the Department of Health and Human Services is a prime and frequent target for attempted cybersecurity intrusions. (FCW)

Internet of Things

Reasons carmakers fear self-driving cars. For automakers, self-driving cars are at first a technical challenge, then an existential one. (CNET)

House panel to explore 14 driverless car bills next week. House lawmakers will explore more than a dozen driverless car bills next week, formally kicking off an effort in the lower chamber to craft major autonomous vehicle legislation. (The Hill)

Trade

Free Trade and Its Foes. In the black-and-white world of economics textbooks, free trade is good for everyone. Each country figures out what it does best, then exchanges the wine, cloth or software it makes with other nations, creating wealth on both sides. Where jobs are lost, they're replaced by more suitable ones. (BNA)

Mnuchin to foreign investors: Don't fret about deals facing tough national security scrutiny. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Tuesday reassured foreign investors that the vast majority of deals involving overseas companies were approved despite the rigorous national security review system in the United States. (Politico Pro)

Showdown looms over Trump's pick to head Ex-Im Bank. One of the Senate's most bipartisan committees is about to engage in a political battle over President Donald Trump's nomination of former Rep. Scott Garrett to lead the Export-Import Bank. (Politico Pro)
Artificial Intelligence

AI may take your job - in 120 years. In 45 years' time, though, half of jobs currently filled by humans will have been taken over by an artificial intelligence system, results indicate. (BBC News)

Mexico is capable of 'jumping on AI train'. It is ironic that Raúl Rojas is a professor of artificial intelligence (AI), given what his father did for a living. (Financial Times)

Tech Business

Where manufacturing jobs are plentiful, Trump's supporters want better. While many politicians, including President Donald Trump, say the United States desperately needs more manufacturing jobs, this small industrial city has more than enough. (Reuters)

How Uber and Airbnb Became Poster Children for the Disruption Economy. During the week of Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009, three young would-be entrepreneurs - Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk - crashed on air mattresses in unfurnished rooms they had rented in a rundown house in Washington. (New York Times)

It's not just Amazon coming for Whole Foods - Silicon Valley is eating the world. Amazon is eating the world, one industry at a time. Last Friday, the gargantuan retailer paid $13.7bn (£10.7bn) to buy Whole Foods Market in the US, an acquisition that threw the global grocery business into a fit of nerves. After the deal was announced, Amazon's stock price rose by more than the price it is paying for Whole Foods; meanwhile, Walmart's dropped by 5%, as did Tesco's. (The Guardian)

Move Over, Bitcoin. Ether Is the Digital Currency of the Moment.. The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year. Despite these gains, Bitcoin is on the verge of losing its position as the dominant virtual currency. (New York Times)

Apple tells court Qualcomm chip licenses are invalid. Apple Inc broadened a legal attack on Qualcomm Inc, arguing to a U.S. federal court that license agreements that secure the chip maker a cut of every iPhone manufactured were invalid. (Reuters)

YouTube Wins Back Some Marketers After Ad Uproar, but Others Stay Away. Google's YouTube has made strides in bringing advertisers back to the website after a backlash over ads appearing alongside offensive videos. But many prominent holdouts remain, signaling that the crisis isn't over yet. (Wall Street Journal)
Uber makes big changes to driver pay, adds tipping option. Uber has announced it will make various changes to how its drivers get paid, including adding an option for riders to tip their driver. (Ars Technica)

Tijuana: from party town to tech hub. Perching on the US border, Tijuana made its reputation as a Prohibition-era party town, boasting an opulent casino - Rita Hayworth was discovered there - where patrons could bet with gold chips. (Financial Times)

Uber co-founder: We've been too obsessed with growth. When Garrett Camp first proposed the idea for an on-demand black-car service in late 2008 - so the story goes - it's unlikely that he could have predicted the meteoric rise of Uber, or that the very thing that helped it grow would also practically undo it close to 10 years later. (Recode)

ITI Member News

Op-Ed: Can Amazon Be the Next Apple?. Blood is running in the retail aisle. Sears, the most iconic name in American retailing, told its investors in March that "substantial doubt exists related to the Company's ability to continue as a going concern." (New York Times)
Among the iPhone's Biggest Transformations: Apple Itself. Since Apple Inc. AAPL -0.91% launched the iPhone in June 2007, the smartphone revolution it unleashed has changed the way people work and socialize while reshaping industries from music to hotels. (Wall Street Journal)
Amazon Will Let Customers Try On Clothes Before Buying. For many people, buying clothing online is not worth the hassle of getting a pair of pants or a shirt that does not fit. Many retailers have sought to eliminate that risk by offering free returns on clothing, but now Amazon is going even further. (New York Times)
The High-Tech Device That's Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes. Dotted around Houston, hidden in overgrown backyards and piles of old tires, are what look like 10 tiny models of Hollywood's iconic Capitol Records building. (New York Times)

AMD Launches Fight Against Intel in Lucrative Server-Chip Market. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. AMD 5.95% began selling a new generation of chips for the servers that drive computing in data centers,
challenging Intel Corp. INTC -1.83% in that high-margin market for the first time in years. (Wall Street Journal)
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.26% spent two decades hastening the demise of the traditional brick-and-mortar retail industry. So why would the tech giant spend $13.7 billion to acquire an organic-grocery chain with more than 460 stores? (Wall Street Journal)

Today on the Hill

Today, 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: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Today the Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Sigal Mandelker, of New York, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes.

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