Tag: Senate

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 Rutherford (R-FL) on December 5, 2017. The DHS Interagency Counterterrorism […]

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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 of a whole-of-government approach to cyber […]

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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,” indicating that he had no […]

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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 (DoD) plans to address them. […]

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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 on December 16. The RESPONSE Act of 2016 […]

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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 crises. S. 2551 sets out […]

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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 creates additional incentives to increase voluntary sharing of […]

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In mid June the Congressional Research Service released a report comparing three bills that address information sharing and related activities in cybersecurity…

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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…

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On March 13, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The bill creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information…

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