The agency's scale, vision and customer base have put it on the leading edge. But that also means being the first to face technical and operational challenges.
One of the cities that has refused to help with background checks for federal employees and contractors is Washington, D.C.
Organizations as diverse as the Sunlight Foundation and Gun Owners of America want the legislation passed without the changes proposed by OMB.
A New York Times story on NSA vulnerabilities bears a striking resemblance to a report by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee detailing problems at other agencies.
The legislation aligns with changes supported by the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
The bipartisan measure would codify numerous existing government cybersecurity efforts.
Some of the most troubling issues have been at DHS, the agency charged with leading federal cybersecurity efforts.
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.
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.
A House committee held a closed hearing to discuss potentially sensitive information related to the security of the HealthCare.gov website.
Draft legislation would dramatically alter the job currently held by Todd Park.
Agency officials blame a "software defect," but oversight committee demands more specifics.