"Kicking" to Another Frequency - Gene Moran

“Kicking” to Another Frequency

Control-Alt-Delete It used to be the command fix to reboot software; effectively a refresh to clear out whatever glitch was hindering the software’s performance. For those of us of a certain age, it really wasn’t that long ago! We now routinely rely on countless layers of software in our communications.


Small Business Administration (SBA) released helpful FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this week. Clarification is provided on when the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ (EZ) should be utilized. Specifically, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals who had no employees at the time of the PPP loan application and did not include […]

Updates in United States Congress

Several updates in Congress in the sprint to an August recess, scheduled August 10th-September 7th. Many details have been poorly or incorrectly reported in the press. Below are some wave top-level updates.

Highlights – House & Senate Armed Service Committees

Below is a brief senate update of the thousands of pages of draft defense authorization language working its way through the legislative process. Of note, the defense appropriations bills are not yet public and continue to undergo review at the committee level. Remember, authorizations are policy; appropriations are actual funding. Gene will remain in contact […]

Quick Hit – June 5, 2020 – Congressional Committees Making Progress

Congressional Committees Making Progress As indicated in previous updates, Congressional committees continue their preparations for defense bill markups. Some scheduled updates across the four committees: Next week the subcommittees of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will mark their respective sections of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  SASC’s full committee markup should follow […]

Quick Hit – May 26, 2020 – Congress in a COVID-19 World

Congress in a COVID-19 World The House and Senate continue to have differing views on where to apply the most effective support to a nation dealing with COVID-19 in a disaggregated manner. The House passed the three trillion-dollar HEROES Act prior to Memorial Day, only to have the Senate ignore it completely. Leader McConnell referred […]

Quick Hit – May 4, 2020

Quick Hit I’ve been describing the lumbering giant of the government machine as mostly continuing normal operations during this pandemic, albeit from remote locations. Consider that nearly 3 Trillion dollars was appropriated by Congress over the past month and a half. Hundreds of millions of dollars were directed at specific hard-hit industries, and more will […]

Quick Hit – May 1, 2020

Congress Congress remains of two minds on how to best continue its work. The Senate plans to return Monday. Expect an extremely skeletal staff with most staffers continuing to work from home. The House will remain out of session and a return date has not been set. The contours of a fourth stimulus package, stimulus […]

April 16, 2020 – 2-Minute Drill

As we’ve remained appropriately distant, government functions have mostly continued. In bullet format, a few quick updates: The Senate has remained in “pro-forma” session, thereby preventing President Trump from making recess appointments to positions that otherwise require Senate confirmation. President Trump has indicated he’ll make appointments and resolve it in court The Senate has delayed […]