The measure targets critical infrastructure protection while providing no new regulatory authority for the Department of Homeland Security.
The HHS secretary is also calling for the creation of a chief risk officer position at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tasked with reducing risks associated with major policy initiatives.
The final deal calls for $1 trillion in spending for fiscal 2014, reduces sequestration cuts, adds money for defense and domestic programs, and requires newly hired federal employees to contribute more to their retirement plans.
A revised version of the Pentagon policy bill could be considered in the House this week, but IT acquisition reform will have to wait until at least 2014.
Open letter urges Congress and the president to ensure U.S. surveillance efforts are "restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight."
In a blog post, Erica McCann suggested the bill’s acquisition provisions become part of a broader Hill discussion on IT procurement.
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.
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