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DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: FAA Reauthorization Would Help Government Regulate Drone Usage

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement that the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 would increase the government's capacity to protect U.S. citizens from drone-induced threats. She highlighted that existing regulations constrained the Department of Homeland Security's jurisdiction to address drone threats prior to the bill's passing, the DHS said Thursday.
 

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FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Counter-Drone Provision

A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill contains a provision that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to attack drones that threaten national assets, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Unveiled the same day, the provision is part of H.R. 302 which aims to provide the FAA with aviation safety funds to cover a five-year authorization period.

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House Passes Bill to Support Nuclear Research Partnerships; Sen. Mike Crapo Quoted

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill encouraging partnerships with private companies supporting research on clean nuclear power. The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act would require the Department of Energy to collaborate with private sector firms aiming to test new nuclear reactor concepts, the office of Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho said Thursday.

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Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer Introduces New Bill to Mitigate Data Breach Damage

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., has introduced a bill aiming to protect U.S. citizens from the damages of an information breach. The congressman worked with the Financial Services Committee to develop the Consumer Information Notification Requirement Act that would affirm financial institutions' compliance with data security standards, Luetkemeyer said Friday in a release.

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Trump Administration Supports Bill to Prevent UAS Threats

The Trump administration has expressed support for a Senate bill that would authorize the departments of Homeland Security and Justice to develop, test and deploy technology aimed at countering unmanned aircraft systems that pose safety risks to the public. The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 also proposes measures to further commercial …

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House OKs IRS IT Modernization, Cybersecurity Bill

The House has voted unanimously to approve a bill that seeks to modernize information technology systems at the Internal Revenue Service and establish cybersecurity measures to protect taxpayer information, Federal Times reported Saturday. The 21st Century IRS Act would require IRS to partner with other agencies and companies in efforts to prevent identity theft and …

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