White House throws some cybersecurity policy control to Congress

The Obama administration will give up some control over cybersecurity policies, letting Congress make them permanent in statutes, in order to implement proposed legislation more quickly, Aliya Sternstein writes in Nextgov.

Earlier, the White House sent Capitol Hill 52 pages of language for consideration as part of a network protection bill that would give agencies the right to make rules, which often involves White House reviews and time for public comment periods, the article noted. The acquiesence to Congress is intended to speed up the process.

Other administration proposals would use the regulatory process to include descriptions of notifications that businesses would have to issue to regulators, customers and the news media because of data breaches, the story said.

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Reader comments

Thu, Apr 12, 2012

I think you may have forgotten the powers listed in the constitution for the 3 branches of Government my friend. It is the Congress that writes the bills and legislatures in which the Cybersecurity policy has to first be passed into law in order for the Executive branch to execute and defend the law.

Thu, Jun 23, 2011

say what? congress is more efficient than the executive branch when it comes to law enforcement and defense? did someone in the whitehouse forget to read the constitution? its the responsibility of the executive branch!

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