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CCAGW Sends Letter to House of Representatives on NDAA

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                                                                                                                                                                                         September 22, 2021
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon be considering H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2022.  On behalf of more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the following amendments to this bill.

 Amendment #153, offered by Reps. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.) and Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas), to create professional licensure reciprocity for military service members and their spouses who move to new jurisdictions as a result of Permanent Change of Station Orders provided they submit to certain requirements. Exempts individuals licensed under compact from this reciprocity.

Amendment #216, offered by Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.), to direct the Secretary to report on efforts within the Department of Defense to reduce duplicative information technology contracts within 180 days. 

Amendment #264, offered by Reps.Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), to prohibit federal agencies from encouraging the weakening of encryption or insertion of backdoors on commercially-available phones, computers, and devices.

I urge you to oppose the following amendments.

Amendment #104, offered by Reps. David Cicciline (D-R.I.), Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn), and Richard Neal (D-Mass.), to establish the Southern New England Regional Commission, which would assist in the development of defense manufacturing in Southern New England.

Amendment #116, offered by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and James Comer (R-Ky.), to provide a statutory framework for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) that will make the program more accountable and transparent and help ensure that agencies’ processes of moving safely to the cloud are streamlined and efficient.

Amendment # 158, offered by Reps. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.), Kai Kahele (D-Hawaii), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), Van Taylor (R-Texas), Mikie Sherril (D-N.J.), Blake Moore (R-Utah), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Maria Salazar (R-Fla.), Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), Austin Pfluger (R-Texas), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Young Kim (R-Calif.), Seth Moulton (R-Mass.), Marianette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa),. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), Rep. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.), Rep. Connor Lamb (R-Pa.), Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Jennifer Gonzales-Colon (R-P.R.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), David Valadao (R-Calif.), Susan Wild (D-Pa.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Jim Baird (R-Ind.), Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) and Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), to establish the National Digital Reserve Corps, a program within GSA that would allow private sector tech talent to work for the federal government for 30 days per calendar year to take on short term digital, cybersecurity, and AI projects. Reservists would report to GSA, who would then detail them to executive agencies as needed.

Amendment #280, offered by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), that instructs the Department of Defense to prioritize domestically owned, U.S. produced sources of synthetic graphite prior to purchasing from other U.S. sources, members of the Industrial Base, or other allies.

Amendment #301, offered by Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), and Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), to increase funding for the National Guard Youth Challenge Program by $35,281,000, matching the program’s 2022 funding of $210 million in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill 2022.

Thank you for your consideration of our views on the NDAA.  All votes related to the NDAA may be among those considered as part of CCAGW’s 2021 Congressional Ratings.

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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