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- On June 24, 2021, the Senate passed S. 272, the the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2021, by unanimous consent with an amendment. This bill would, among other things, amend the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2016, to require Federal agencies (except those with budgets confidential by law) to post their congressional budget justifications on the agency website. Additionally, OMB would establish a website that publishes a list of all agencies’ budget justifications for each fiscal year, and in consultation with Treasury, establish policies and issue guidance to Federal agencies to ensure congressional budget justification materials will be produced and made available in an accessible, user-friendly format no later than one year after enactment. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.
- On June 17, 2021, the President signed S. 475, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which became Public Law 117-17. The law requires June 19 to be a legal public holiday.
- On March 23, 2021, the President signed S. 579, which became Public Law 117-3. The bill previously passed the Senate on March 3 and the House on March 11, both by Unanimous Consent. The new law changes the criteria for eliminating the five-month waiting period for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to those eligible individuals who were approved for benefits on or after July 23, 2020. The law immediately amends the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 and has an effective date of December 23, 2020.
- On March 18, 2021, the House passed, as amended, H.R. 1603, which became the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021. The bill would, among other things, create a new certified agricultural worker (CAW) status that provides temporary work authorization, requires SSA, as practicable, to assign CAWs Social Security numbers through an automated system, and offers CAWs the ability to adjust to lawful permanent resident status. In addition, the bill would make permanent an employment eligibility verification system (similar to E-Verify), mandate use of the system by agricultural employers, and allow the Department of Agriculture to assist agricultural employees contesting tentative nonconfirmations. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
- On March 11, 2021, the President signed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, into law. The new law provides funding for COVID-19 testing and vaccine production and distribution, as well as additional economic relief for individuals, communities and businesses.
- On January 5, 2021, the House passed H.R. 21, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization Act of 2021, on motion to suspend the rules, by voice vote. Introduced by Representative Gerald E. Connolly on January 4, the bill would codify FedRAMP. In general, the bill establishes FedRAMP within the General Services Administration and establishes the Joint Authorization Board and the FedRAMP Program Management Office as components of FedRAMP. H.R. 21 moved to the Senate for action on January 6.
- September 21, 2021 -- Testimony by Stephen Evangelista, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration, before the Senate Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy, on policy options for SSI.
- July 28, 2021 -- Testimony by Sean Brune, Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration, before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations, on the “Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) 12.0”.
- April 29, 2021 -- Testimony by Grace Kim, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Social Security Administration, before the Senate Committee on Finance, on Service Delivery.
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