September 2016



Washington - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and 27 Members of California’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to University of California President Janet Napolitano regarding the University’s contract negotiations with postdoctoral scholars. The letter expresses strong support for benefits, including fair pay and protections against abusive conduct, for postdoctoral scholars.

Cyber in the lame duck

START YOUR LAME-DUCK BUCKET LISTS — Congress is once again going into hibernation, leaving a robust to-do list for the post-election, lame-duck scramble. While cyber won’t feature much into that equation, here are a few things to watch for in the final weeks of the year.

Lamar Smith Extends Exxon Subpoena Campaign to Include SEC

Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican who has been pursuing documents from the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts over their climate fraud investigations into ExxonMobil, has now set his sights on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Smith, chairman of the House Science committee, asked the federal financial regulatory agency to provide documents related to its investigation of Exxon.

Obama ‘changes lives’ of homeless veterans, signs housing law

A measure authorizing leases at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs building that will lead to permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans was signed into law by President Barack Obama Thursday.

The law authored by Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Jeff Miller, R- Florida, would give the VA secretary the ability to enter into leases that allow housing and supportive services at the building.

A plan announced earlier this year calls for 1,200 units to be made available to homeless veterans at the facility.

Meet the senators and congressmen who support marijuana legalization

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) this week released its 2016 congressional scorecard on marijuana policy. Twenty U.S. representatives and two senators received an 'A' grade, indicating that "this member has publicly declared his/her support for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults," according to NORML (see the full list at the bottom of this article).

Lieu calls for controls on nuclear weapon use

During the first presidential debate on Monday, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) didn’t like what he heard from Republican nominee Donald Trump on nuclear weapons. The congressman said he is worried that Trump, if elected, will have the power to launch a nuclear strike.

On Tuesday, Lieu and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would require Congress to declare war before the president can authorize the use of nuclear weapons.

A word with Chris Lynch, head of the Defense Digital Service

A NERD’S TOUR OF DUTY — Chris Lynch, head of the nearly one-year-old Defense Digital Service, sat down with Martin in the organization’s unconventional Pentagon office for a Q&A that’s out this morning. Lynch has already said he plans to stay on for the next administration, but other highlights include the state of recruiting for the elite IT office: “I think that it’s changed a lot.