A Republican critic claims gaps in the department's defenses "would be obvious to a 13-year-old with a laptop."
Legislation alone will not fix federal IT management, Richard Spires argues, but there are fundamental problems that a new statute can help address.
Measure would provide a statutory framework to some elements of President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity.
The legislation would also target insider threats in the wake of the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Legislation would require state-by-state statistics, and put a price tag on the cost of the "tech surge" being conducted to fix the site.
Confirmation by the full Senate is expected, but could be slowed by procedural moves aimed at getting more information about the administration's border security plans.
Move could fast-track IT procurement reform, as the House added its version to the defense authorization bill in June.
A House bill designed to improve the energy efficiency of federal data centers could wind up as part of a bipartisan Senate energy measure.
Top officials were alerted to the potential for serious problems six months before the troubled site’s Oct. 1 launch.
The measure includes oversight authority aimed at ensuring the accuracy of spending data, a provision lacking in companion Senate legislation.
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