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 retiring chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said he was “concerned any change of our current framework will harm both national security and privacy.”
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.
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