The House Committee on Oversight and Reform voted on May 11 to pass a slew of bills that aim to promote IT modernization and meet federal government staffing needs.
Among the bills passed by the committee and sent to the full House for consideration are: the Artificial Intelligence Training for Acquisition Personnel Act (HR 7683); the Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act (HR 7535); and the Building the Next Generation of Federal Employees Act (HR 6104).
HR 7683, introduced by House Oversight Speaker Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., is a bipartisan, bicameral legislature that directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create an AI training program aimed at better informing federal acquisition personnel and AI capabilities and risks.
HR 7535, sponsored by Representatives Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Nancy Mace, RC, and Jamie Raskin, D-Md., would require OMB to create and implement a strategy to protect federal IT from quantum computing risks and “facilitate the risk-based migration of federal IT to post-quantum cryptographic standards once such standards are published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.”
Finally, HR 6104, Building the Next Generation of Federal Employees Act, would establish a federal internship and fellowship center in the Office of Personnel Management that would improve the hiring processes for individuals completing internships at federal agencies. The bill was introduced by Rep. connolly.