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Nextgov: Sen. Ron Johnson Raises Concerns Over Governmentwide ‘Einstein’ Cyber Tool Adoption

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has said a classified audit report by the Government Accountability Office proves that a tool that works to detect cyber threats is not widely adopted across government agencies, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Aliya Sternstein writes the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the cyber surveillance tool, did not disclose the …

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Ron Johnson: Congress Must Balance Cyber Info-Sharing, Data Breach Notification Issues

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he believes that Congress can help strengthen U.S. cybersecurity efforts if it pushes for public-private information sharing with liability protections and notification procedures for data breach incidents. Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on The Hill …

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Sens. Johnson, Grassley, McCaskill Propose Reform to IG Functions

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have submitted a bill that proposes changes to some functions of agency inspectors general, investigations on IG misconduct and reporting on IG vacancies. Johnson’s office said Thursday the proposed amendments to the Inspector General Act of 1978 seek to empower IGs, boost transparency and increase cooperation between Congress and …

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Senate Homeland Security Panel Consults With Experts on Future Cyber Info-Sharing Bill

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is working with representatives from industry and civil liberties groups to develop potential legislation on cyber information sharing, USA Today reported Wednesday. Erin Kelly writes that the move begins congressional efforts to craft and pass a bill that will give incentive to the private sector for collaborating …

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Sarah Saldana Confirmed as ICE Chief

The Senate has voted to confirm Sarah Saldana as the assistant secretary in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill reported Tuesday. Ramsey Cox reports that Saldana, who will enforce President Barack Obama’s decision to grant undocumented U.S. immigrants with work visas, …

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Sen. Tom Carper: Lawmakers to Debate DHS’ Security Role in FISMA Reform Push

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says his collaboration with ranking member Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has helped bolster their push for cybersecurity policy reforms, GovInfoSecurity reported Tuesday. Eric Chabrow writes that Carper and Coburn have submitted three cybersecurity bills to the Senate, including reforms to the Federal Information …

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Sens. Coburn, McCaskill Consider Dissolution of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently held a hearing into the financial viability and possible dissolution of the Commerce Department‘s National Technical Information Service, FCW reported Wednesday. Mark Rockwell writes that committee ranking member Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee Chair Sen. Claire McCaskill …

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Senate Homeland Security Committee Passes FISMA Reform Bill; Tom Carper Comments

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, a move that could draw closer to reforms in the 12-year-old Federal Information Security Management Act, GovInfoSecurity reported Thursday. Jeffrey Roman writes the modernization bill could reach the President despite facing a long process, from …

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Steven VanRoekel Seeks Budget for Tech Team

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has requested government funds for a Digital Service project geared toward improving information technology delivery, FCW reported Thursday. Adam Mazmanian writes the service will involve hiring outside professionals to form a technical team tasked to work on complex IT projects, with possible tie-ups with …

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