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Senate Postpones Decision on Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

The Senate has adjourned for summer recess without holding a floor vote on legislation that would allow cyber threat data exchange between federal agencies and private companies, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pulled the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act off the floor Wednesday because …

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Jeh Johnson Backs Senate Panel’s Proposed Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has backed a cybersecurity bill that the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent for a full Senate vote last week, Nextgov reported Friday. Aliya Sternstein writes that the proposed Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act would support DHS surveillance of public Internet traffic on government IT networks. “This …

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Gen. Joseph Dunford Confirmed as Joint Chiefs Chairman

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford received Senate confirmation Wednesday to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense News reported Wednesday. Leo Shane III writes he will succeed the retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey in September, according to the report. The 38-year Marine Corps veteran has served as commandant of the …

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Senate Subcommittee Approves $47B DHS Funding Bill

A Senate appropriations subcommittee has endorsed a $47.09 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2016, a $765 million increase over the department’s current funding level. “This bill supports a wide range of critical operations at DHS to secure our nation, from mitigating the impacts of …

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Senate Turns Down Cyber Data Sharing Bill

The Senate rejected a public-private cyber data sharing bill Thursday on a 56-40 vote, the National Journal reports. Dustin Volz writes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., planned to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act to a defense authorization bill as an amendment following the recent data breach at the Office …

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