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House Panel OKs Bill to Secure Citizen Info on Federal Websites; Kerry Bentivolio Comments

cybersecurityThe House Oversight Committee has passed a bill mandating that agencies’ chief information officers validate the security of federally-run websites that collect and store personal consumer data, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Joseph Marks writes the proposed Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act will require federal CIOs to provide Congress with data security certification before a public website goes live.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) in December.

“We have a duty to protect our constituents, especially if they are being directed by our offices to use federal websites that require their personal information,” Bentivolio said, according to the report.

Marks writes the legislation also provides a 90-day window for agency CIOs to verify that websites launched from October 2012 are secure.

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