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McConnell breathes life back into Senate cyber bill

The Republican leader said today on the Senate floor that after the debates over the DoD and Intelligence authorization bills, lawmakers could address concerns about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.

Tags: technology , Congress , Mitch McConnell , cybersecurity , Heritage Foundation , David Inserra , John McCain , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 08:12pm EST

Senate cyber bill is 'dead'

The upper chamber fails to move cyber bill out of starting blocks by receiving 60 votes to end cloture. Lawmakers couldn't get past their concerns over the requirement for regulations and DHS' oversight role.

Tags: technology , Congress , Harry Reid , Charles Grassley , cybersecurity , U.S. Chamber of Commerce , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 05:55am EST
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GOP lawmakers urge Obama to drop cyber executive order

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to not issue an executive order setting voluntary cybersecurity standards for private-sector operators of critical infrastructure.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , cybersecurity , cybersecurity legislation , Susan Collins , Fred Upton , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , CISPA , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:39pm EDT

Lawmakers unveil Hatch Act update

A group of lawmakers has proposed an update to the law governing federal employees' political activity that would exempt some state and local employees and allow for a range of penalties other than automatic suspension for minor violations.

Tags: Daniel Akaka , Elijah Cummings , Mike Lee , Hatch Act , Carolyn Lerner , OSC , MSPB , workforce , Congress , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 09:39pm EST

Senators tell DoJ to fix its suspension, debarment databases

Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) want regular updates from Justice officials on the steps they are taking to better input and share information on vendors who have committed crimes. The DoJ IG found the agency's internal controls and training were lacking.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Justice Department , Susan Collins , suspension and debarment , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Jason Miller , Federal Drive

Monday - 07/23/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Senators try compromise to get cyber bill passed

The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 removes DHS from having sole oversight authority of critical infrastructure and shares the responsibility across an interagency council. The bill also would make the implementation of cyber standards by critical infrastructure operators voluntary. The legislation encourages an incentive-based program.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Congress , Susan Collins , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , Critical infrastructure protection , FISMA , OPM , DHS , Cyber Workforce , Jason Miller

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:28am EDT

DHS demos cyber attack to help sway lawmakers to pass a cyber bill

The Homeland Security Department showed lawmakers and staff how easy it is to create a spear phishing attack against a federal employee using free, open-source tools. The agency also said the Einstein 3 program is under development and will rely on vendors to provide intrusion prevention services. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he expects the cyber bill to go to the Senate floor for debate no later than July.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Mark Weatherford , Susan Collins , John McCain , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Einstein 3 , Congress , Cyber bills , Critical infrastructure protection , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:23am EDT
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Lieberman, Collins warn against slashing acquisition workforce

The two influential senators say the mistakes the Defense Department and others made in the 1990s during the last serious budget reductions can't be repeated this time around. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said budget cuts shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the acquisition workforce. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) added reductions in acquisition staff mean the government will pay more for goods and services.

Tags: acquisition , oversight , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , acquisition workforce , training , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Senators probe GSA financial controls after conference scandal

The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave the acting GSA administrator 21 days to answer 41 multi-part questions about the agency's efforts to prevent waste, fraud and abuse following the now infamous Western Regions Conference. Senators also recommended the agency review all other recent GSA conferences for possible problems.

Tags: Dan Tangherlini , Brian Miller , Susan Collins , GSA , conference spending , waste , fraud , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , financial management , Shakeup at GSA , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 09:38am EDT

Jordan makes his case for being next OFPP administrator

Joe Jordan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he would focus on three priorities if confirmed. He also backed away somewhat from the administration's stance on a cap on executive compensation. Jordan received support from the committee, and a vote on his nomination could come as early as next week.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Congress , management , Joe Jordan , OFPP , Susan Collins , Dan Gordon , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 06:00pm EDT
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