Proposed restrictions are expressly intended to cramp the NSA's practice of assembling and analyzing metadata on Americans.
White House threatens to veto measure that would pay essential employees during shutdown.
Washington heavyweights warn that the shutdown could be potentially disastrous for national security.
The next step for Beth Cobert is approval by the full Senate, which may not be possible until the shutdown is resolved.
Furloughed feds who want to take a temporary job can do so -- within limits.
The government shutdown is taking an early toll on programs that were nearing milestones.
To hear some insiders tell it, the state of U.S. security is in shambles, with Edward Snowden, digital adversaries and a lack of cybersecurity legislation chipping away. But hope that the mess can be cleaned up persists.
Senate majority leader rules: No confirmation vote until budget impasse ends.
The system employers use to ensure their employees are legally entitled to work in the U.S. will be unavailable until the shutdown ends.
GSA is pressing on with its OASIS contract, but closings at GAO and other agencies could pose problems.
Private-sector apps that rely on government data could be stuck without updates until the government reopens.
Many of the employees who maintain agency Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest accounts will be furloughed until the shutdown ends.