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Establishes guidelines for federal agencies’ regulatory and non-regulatory action over certain artificial intelligence applications used by non-federal entities.

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Mar 13 2020
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Jan 7 2020
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Jan 3 2020
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House of Representatives

Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Jan 2 2020
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Adds fines and enforcement mechanisms against unauthenticated robocalls, requires voice service providers to authenticate calls originating from phone lines or from the internet, and increases protections for voice service subscribers from receiving unwanted calls or text messages from unauthenticated numbers.

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Dec 30 2019
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Senate

Allows the National Science Foundation to award grants that would develop the participation of female prekindergarten and elementary school students in STEM and computer science fields.

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Dec 24 2019
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Requires executive branch agencies to develop and publish methods for non-governmental entities to report potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities to those agencies. 

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Jan 10 2020
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Dec 23 2019
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Requires the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress containing information and details on the Department’s artificial intelligence strategy.

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Dec 20 2019
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House of Representatives

Declares that digital engineering, including artificial intelligence, is a core competency of the armed forces.

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Dec 20 2019
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Senate

Directs the creation of an Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence in the General Services Administration to support innovation of AI technologies in the federal government. 

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Dec 19 2019
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House of Representatives

Request for toxicology data on exposure to engineered nanomaterials to inform setting of appropriate occupational exposure limits.

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Feb 18 2020
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Dec 17 2019
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Authorizes the Department of Agriculture to use the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for the defense of US agriculture and food.

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Dec 17 2019
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Senate

Prohibits certain government funds from being used to subsidize telecommunications equipment that poses a national security risk and offers federal funding to reimburse the removal or replacement of such telecommunications equipment.

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Dec 16 2019
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House of Representatives

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Establishes guidelines for federal agencies’ regulatory and non-regulatory action over certain artificial intelligence applications used by non-federal entities.

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Mar 13 2020
Last Action
Jan 7 2020
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Jan 2 2020
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Adds fines and enforcement mechanisms against unauthenticated robocalls, requires voice service providers to authenticate calls originating from phone lines or from the internet, and increases protections for voice service subscribers from receiving unwanted calls or text messages from unauthenticated numbers.

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Dec 30 2019
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Senate

Prohibits certain government funds from being used to subsidize telecommunications equipment that poses a national security risk and offers federal funding to reimburse the removal or replacement of such telecommunications equipment.

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Dec 16 2019
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House of Representatives

Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law, requires the provision of grants to those entities for cybersecurity and infrastructure security activities, and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Nov 21 2019
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Senate

Begins the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, which will take effect one year from delivery of the notification (i.e. Nov. 4, 2020).

 

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Nov 6 2019
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Nov 4 2019
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Department of State (DOS)

Lays out plan for Democratic legislation encouraging the replacement of gas-powered cars with electric cars, that will be introduced if the Democrats gain a majority in the Senate in November 2020 elections

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Nov 3 2020
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Oct 24 2019
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Senate

Recommends that NHTSA and EPA conduct an interim evaluation of CAFE standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in 2021-2022 to ensure and improve their effectiveness and value, which would address vehicle technologies, fuel mix, efficiency of the freight system, and future regulatory frameworks.

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Oct 4 2019
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Oct 4 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Proposes framework for capping CO2 emissions from the combustion of the fossil component of finished motor gasoline and on-road diesel fuel in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

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Nov 30 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Transportation Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Revokes California's authority to impose stricter GHG emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks than those imposed by the federal government. 

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Sep 27 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Replaces federal gasoline tax with a multi-sector carbon tax as source of funding for federal highway infrastructure spending.  

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Sep 26 2019
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House of Representatives

Provides funding to support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the electrical grid.

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Sep 25 2019
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Senate

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Proposes to determine that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollutants, including mercury, emitted from power plants, based on significant downward revision of estimate of benefits from 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Rule.  

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Jan 24 2020
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Feb 7 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Request for toxicology data on exposure to engineered nanomaterials to inform setting of appropriate occupational exposure limits.

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Feb 18 2020
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Dec 17 2019
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)