*** The White House announced it has appointed former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Nielsen, who oversaw DHS as its cybersecurity wing became more deeply involved in protecting critical infrastructure, was forced to resign by President Donald Trump earlier this year.
*** Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are teaming up on a bill to require the intelligence community to reform the security classification process with an eye to finding technology solutions to help manage digital material. A recent report from the Information Security Oversight Office found that the intelligence community is overwhelmed by the proliferation of classified material originating in digital systems, putting declassification schedules at risk.
*** Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced in a Fox News op-ed a coming pair of executive orders designed to limit the regulatory authority of federal agencies. Among other things, the orders are intended to pare back the authority of guidance documents posted by agencies without being subjected to the public comment process.
Posted on Oct 10, 2019 at 2:00 AM