TAG: Congress

Bill seeks to crack down on warrantless government tracking

March 16, 2017By

As government agencies expand their use of cell-site simulators or “stingrays” and other digital tracking technology, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (known as the GPS act) to create clear rules for when agencies can access and track an individual’s geolocation information. Chaffetz introduced the House... read more

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AGU concerned over US limits to science communication

January 26, 2017By
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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) wrote to U.S. federal agency heads on Jan. 26, in response to reports that the administration under President Donald Trump has instructed federal agencies to stop communicating with the media, policymakers and the public. “The signals are not encouraging, and they’re alarming, and they’re causing a lot of fear in the scientific community,” Christine McEntee,... read more

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Implications of BeiDou explored in US congressional report

January 25, 2017By
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The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has issued a staff report titled “China’s Alternative to GPS and Its Implications for the United States.” The report examines the objectives behind Beijing’s decision to develop the system as an alternative to GPS, its efforts to build an industry around the system, and the effects this might have in security, economic and diplomatic... read more

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DoD certifies GPS OCX program to Congress

October 28, 2016By
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced Oct. 12 the continuation of an over-cost program supporting the global positioning system. Here, Kendall is briefed by Jose Romero-Mariona on cybersecurity science and technology during Kendall’s visit to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, Aug. 24. (Navy photo by Aaron Lebsack)

By Karen Parrish, DoD News, Defense Media Activity An Air Force program that will provide a vital new command system for the global positioning system satellite constellation in the shortest time possible will continue despite cost growth, Defense Department officials have confirmed. The next-generation operational control system, known as OCX, reached what is called a Nunn-McCurdy breach on June 30. The Nunn-McCurdy... read more

How to dissolve funding logjams in Congress

October 21, 2016By

[Editor’s note: This is the Signals Leadership Award acceptance speech given by Clark Cohen at GPS World’s 2016 Leadership Dinner in September. The Award was recognized the development of alternates to GPS based on communication satellites: a method for adding high-accuracy ranging capability to Iridium by modifying the transmitted signal structure of an already flying, programmable constellation. ] Thank you... read more

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Congress yanks OCX funding; Galileo grows

June 3, 2016By
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Congress Yanks OCX Funding SecDef Must Demonstrate Its Essential Nature The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee withheld the full amount requested by the Pentagon for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for OCX, the Next-Generation Operational Control System (ground control) for GPS, heretofore deemed necessary to operate the next generation of satellites, GPS III. The Pentagon had asked for $394 million in... read more

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US congressmen seek delay to NDGPS closings

March 25, 2016By
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Four U.S. congressman sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking the DoT to delay shutting down Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) sites, a proposal that was posted in the Federal Register. The congressmen are asking for a delay until the “administration has decided upon and implemented a resilient national positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) architecture.” Read the full text of... read more

Bill Supports eLoran as GPS Backup

March 27, 2015By

A bi-partisan group of legislators led by Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Secretary of Defense to establish a backup for GPS within three years using eLoran. The National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Resilience and Security Act of 2015, H.R. 1678, was co-sponsored by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J). Garamendi is the... read more