Tag Archives: Tom Carper

DHS, DOJ Report Ransomware Incidents at Federal Agencies

The Department of Homeland Security has said it has received 321 reports of ransomware-related incidents from 29 federal agencies, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday. Cory Bennett writes DHS noted that there were no cases in which agencies paid threat actors due to the inability of the malware to infect the agencies’ network …

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Senate Committee Endorses Beth Cobert as Full-Time OPM Head

Beth Cobert, acting director at the Office of Personnel Management, has received the full support of a Senate committee to lead the agency on a full-time basis, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday. Cory Bennett writes the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to advance Cobert’s nomination as permanent OPM director to a final …

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Sens. Ron Johnson, Tom Carper Ask DOJ, DHS Chiefs on Anti-Ransomware Efforts

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have issued letters to inquire about the efforts the departments of Homeland Security and Justice launched to counter attacks related to ransomware. The letter sent to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Thursday asks how the adoption of Einstein threat prevention tool has reduced the incidence of ransomware at government …

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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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GSA Urges Congress to Fully Fund St. Elizabeths Construction Project

Denise Turner Roth, head of the General Services Administration, has called on Congress to approve full funding of the agency’s construction activities at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Washington. GSA said Thursday a study found its Enhanced Plan to build a consolidated St. Elizabeths headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security will …

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Sen. Tom Carper Intros New Postal Service Reform Bill

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill that aims to help the U.S. Postal Service change its services and financial performance through operational and business model reforms. Carper’s office said Thursday the Improving Postal Operations, Service, and Transparency Act of 2015 seeks to allow USPS to offer government services through partnerships …

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Ben Cardin Intros Back Pay Bill for Feds in Case of Government Shutdown

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced a new bill that would give back pay to federal employees when the government reopens after a shutdown, GovExec reported Wednesday. Eric Katz writes the 2015 Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act would pay furloughed employees their regular salary immediately after a government shutdown passes. Employees required to work …

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Sens. Orrin Hatch, Tom Carper Intro Bill to Require IG Reports on Federal Computer Network Security

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have proposed a bill that mandates regular reports on security of federal government computer networks in an effort to prevent data breaches among government agencies. The Federal Computer Security Act of 2015 will require inspectors general of federal agencies to submit reports to the Government Accountability …

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Senate OKs Improper Payment Bill; Tom Carper Comments

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bipartisan bill that seeks to enhance existing procedures and requirements to help detect and curb improper payments by federal agencies. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) co-authored the Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015 with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) as an amendment to the Improper Payments …

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