The House of Representatives reviewed, debated, and passed the DHS Interagency Task Force Act of 2017 on January 9. The bill, which would authorize the participation in overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was originally introduced to the committee by Representative John… Read More
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony related to defending the nation from cyber attacks on October 19. Kenneth P. Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, testified during the hearing.
In his prepared testimony, Rapuano stressed that the Department of Defense (DoD) was part… Read More
Last week future Homeland Security secretary retired Marine General John F. Kelly took questions from members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. During the hearing, Kelly spoke of his experiences and answered questions from a pre-hearing questionnaire.
On the topic of interagency cooperation, Kelly said “I have no rice bowl,”… Read More
On January 5, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre and U.S. Cyber Command commander Navy Admiral Michael S. Rogers spoke before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on foreign cyber threats to the United States. There, the Pentagon officials discussed emerging cyber challenges and Department of Defense… Read More
The House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the RESPONSE Act of 2016, in an effort “to enhance emergency responder training for incidents involving hazardous-materials rail transportation.” The bill passed the House on November 29, and the Senate on December 10, before being signed into law by President Obama… Read More
Earlier this month Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, S. 2551. The act aims to help prevent acts of genocide and mass atrocities, which threaten national and international security, by enhancing U.S. civilian capacities to prevent and mitigate such… Read More
On October 27, the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015 in a 74-to-21 vote. CISA was passed by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in March before moving to the Senate, and will now be reconciled with legislation passed by the House of Representatives.
The bill … Read More
Office of Personnel Management, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Anthem—the list is long when thinking of cybersecurity breaches. In 2014, breaches went undiscovered for an average of 205 days and 79 percent of hacked companies only discovered they had been breached when informed by a law enforcement… Read More
In mid June the Congressional Research Service released a report comparing three bills that address information sharing and related activities in cybersecurity...
On June 11, Army Special Forces Lt. Col. Jason Amerine spoke before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, testifying that a “dysfunctional” U.S. bureaucracy is the primary cause of failure in returning U.S. hostages...