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Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Lauren Underwood Introduce Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., have proposed a bill to improve oversight of federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture. “The Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act would prevent civilian agencies from punting cybersecurity down the road indefinitely, leaving Americans' data open for attack from hackers and foreign spies," said Wyden.

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Lawmakers Urge Senate Panel to Include Additional TMF Funding in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

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Six lawmakers have called on the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to allot an additional $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund in the upcoming COVID-19 relief measure to support updates to federal information technology systems.

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Senators Ask Congress for More Funds to Help US Digital Service, TTS Back States, Local Governments

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A group of 16 senators has called on congressional leaders to allocate more funds for the Office of Management and Budget’s U.S. Digital Service and the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service to help state and local governments address information technology challenges as they administer federal assistance programs to citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reform Government Surveillance; Sen. Ron Wyden Quoted

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A bipartisan group of legislators has presented a reform bill that promotes civil rights and protection against excessive government surveillance. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., led a team to propose changes in the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for further regulation, the senator's office said Thursday.

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Senators Launch Inquiry Into Bias in Health Care Algorithms

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Federal Trade Commission and five health care companies requesting information on measures they implement to address bias in algorithms.

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CISA Lead Christopher Krebs Says VPN May Help Hackers Spy on US

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Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, confirmed that other countries like Russia and China could use virtual private network apps to spy on the U.S. He said in a letter issued on May 22 that some nation-state actors are trying to leverage VPN services for malicious purposes. 

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Sens. Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton Introduce Bill to Cybersecure Senator-Owned Devices

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Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced a bill intending to secure senator-owned electronic assets from potential cyber attacks. The Senate Cybersecurity Protection Act would authorize the senate sergeant at arms to help senators and associated staff boost the protection of their personal electronic devices and digital accounts, Wyden's office said Wednesday.

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Sens. Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio Calling for ‘Threat Assessments’ on Foreign-Made VPNs

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Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Homeland Security calling for the potential ban of foreign-made virtual private networks for use by government employees. Wyden and Rubio are urging Christoper Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, to conduct a threat assessment on the national security risks that come with government employees using browsers that run on VPNs created by foreign companies.

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Four Senators Support Bill to Require Paper Ballots for U.S. Elections

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Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., are supporting Sen. Ron Wyden's, D-Ore., new bill aiming to help secure elections from cyber threats. The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2018 would require U.S. federal elections to employ physical paper ballots and undergo post-voting audits to limit risks, Wyden's office said Thursday.

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