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Proposed new HHS CISO role prioritizes security

A bill would elevate the Department of Health and Human Services CISO to be on a par with the CIO. Some in Congress think the move would eliminate a conflict of interest.

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Email privacy legislation stalls in Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding off on further action on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, as members are divided on warrant standards for email intercepts.

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Is Social Security concealing IT risk?

The agency charged with maintaining some of the nation's most sensitive information is vulnerable because of its antiquated IT, and lawmakers say its leaders are downplaying the danger and sidestepping their inspector general.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

Cummings nixes theory that contractor discovered OPM breach

More than a year after the massive hack, a senior lawmaker has determined that the OPM breach was not, in fact, detected by a small business doing a product demonstration.

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NPPD gets funding bump in Senate bill

DHS cybersecurity directorate funding edges north of $1.8 billion, as federal cyber risks gain traction as a policy priority.

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Senators ask what OPM hack means for global cyber relations

The State Department is pushing a regime of global cyber norms, and lawmakers want to know how high-profile hacks affect the effort.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

House panel weighs the risks of legacy IT

As experts warned of the "dire" threats posed by outdated federal technology, lawmakers grilled top feds, debated workforce issues and inched closer to backing a $3.1 billion fix-it fund.

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CIO Scott pushes $3.1B IT fund as Congress probes legacy tech

Agencies have spent almost $23 billion on legacy IT over the past three years, according to reports to Congress. Is a revolving fund the answer?

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

Kaine: Congress is nearsighted on privacy

Congress has "fundamentally surrendered" the public's expectations of privacy in their legislative approach to cybersecurity, according to a prominent U.S. senator.

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House, Senate defense bills differ on cyber

How the two chambers' bills get reconciled could have key implications for U.S. cyber policies.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)

Lieu, Hurd alert members on cyber hygiene

In a "dear colleague" letter, Capitol Hill's leading computer geeks tell members of Congress how to protect themselves online.

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Senators want details on new background check bureau

Two Democrats with oversight responsibilities are asking OPM for specifics about its transition and reorganization plans for a new bureau formed to handle background checks.

Who are the Rising Stars?

Nominations for the 2016 Rising Star awards are now being accepted.

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