Following the rocky launch of HealthCare.gov, administration officials and contractors are under fire from Congress.
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.
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.
The government shutdown is taking an early toll on programs that were nearing milestones.
Furloughed feds who want to take a temporary job can do so -- within limits.
Senate majority leader rules: No confirmation vote until budget impasse ends.
GSA is pressing on with its OASIS contract, but closings at GAO and other agencies could pose problems.
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