The Hill


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Data breaches a hot topic on the Hill

Two committees will be holding hearings this week, but the fate of legislation aimed at boosting the federal role in combatting data breaches remains uncertain.

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Report: White House seeks to defang transparency bill

The chief Senate supporter of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act says the proposed changes are unacceptable, and he is backed by open-government advocates.

Rep. Darrell Issa

Issa takes aim at federal security protocols

A House committee held a closed hearing to discuss potentially sensitive information related to the security of the HealthCare.gov website.

Rep. Gerald Connolly

Connolly, Eshoo float new Digital Government Office for critical IT projects

Draft legislation would dramatically alter the job currently held by Todd Park.

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Latest breach at VA has Congress asking more questions

Agency officials blame a "software defect," but oversight committee demands more specifics.

Edward Snowden

Justice Department sues security clearance firm

Among the background checks performed by USIS were those on intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

David Walker

Initiative aims to find and fix federal inefficiencies

Legislation would create a Government Transformation Board empowered to impose its will on recalcitrant agencies.

Margie Graves

A surprise turn in the spotlight

Margie Graves has been a behind-the-scenes force for DHS since 2003. Last year, however, brought newfound visibility -- not all of it welcome.

Sen. Tom Coburn

Coburn to cut short his Senate term

The Oklahoma Republican and federal spending critic says he will retire in early 2015.

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Questions linger about launch security of HealthCare.gov

Republicans and Democrats are creating a lot of smoke in Hill hearings about the troubled website, and experts are not adding much clarity to the fire.

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Cyber Command, network defenses bolstered in spending bill

Spending on cybersecurity will be dramatically higher in 2014 -- and so will reporting requirements for the agencies getting the money.

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Security-check oversight measure clears House

The Senate could soon send the bill, intended to tighten investigations of contractors and federal employees, to the White House for President Obama's signature.