Tag Archives: Technology/Internet

White House Releases “Big Data” Report

Legislative Activity White House Releases “Big Data” Report Last Thursday, May 1, the White House released a highly-anticipated report on the collection of “big data” and its impact on privacy, public policy, and the economy. The report, requested by President Obama in the wake of public disclosures about the National Security Agency’s data collection practices, … Continue Reading

NIST to Hold Privacy Engineering Workshop April 9 and 10

Legislative Branch Activity Upcoming Hearings: Tuesday, April 8: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on cybersecurity programs in the FY 2015 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The hearing will feature three witnesses from DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) including Suzanne Spaulding, Undersecretary of Homeland Security; … Continue Reading

DATA Act Of 2014 Introduced; Legislation Introduced On Internet Domain Name Responsibilities

Legislative Activity DATA Act Of 2014 Introduced Last Friday, April 4, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan DATA Act of 2014 (H.R. 4400). The legislation would require commercial entities that own or possess consumers’ personal information to implement information security policies and procedures in compliance with Federal Trade Commission … Continue Reading

NPPD Issues Sector-Specific Reports on Cyber Insurance Markets; FY 2015 Increase Requested for Cybersecurity Funding

Legislative Branch Activity Upcoming Hearings: Tuesday, March 4: The House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Oversight will host a joint hearing titled “Can Technology Protect Americans from International Cybercriminals?” Dr. Charles Romine, Director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will be a … Continue Reading

Verizon v. FCC: What Happened, Why It’s Important, and What Comes Next

In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of the Open Internet regime.  The panel vacated each measure as “per se common carrier obligations” impermissibly imposed on providers of broadband Internet service, which … Continue Reading

Senators Call Hearings as a Result of Target Breach; NIST To Unveil Cybersecurity Framework; Congress Passes National Defense Authorization Act

Legislative Branch Activity Data Security Hearing After hackers were able to access the credit and debit card data of nearly 40 million Target customers last month, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mark Warner (D-VA) sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee calling for Congressional … Continue Reading

Retransmission Consent and Television Blackouts

Legislative Activity Retransmission Consent and Television Blackouts Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) circulated draft legislation entitled the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act, which intends “to eliminate television blackouts caused by retransmission consent disputes,” among other policy goals. Permanent Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act Introduced House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced … Continue Reading

Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bills are Poised for Floor Consideration

Legislative Activity Transportation Appropriations Both the House (H.R. 2610) and Senate (S. 1243) Transportation-HUD appropriations bills are poised for floor consideration before the August recess. In the House, there has been delay in Rules Committee action and in bringing the bill to the floor, but the intention is to consider it before the month-long August … Continue Reading

E-rate Modernization & Hearing; E-rate FCC Forms 470 and 471 Changes

Legislative and Regulatory Activity E-rate Modernization The FCC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) during its Open Meeting on July 19, seeking comment on rules to update and modernize the E-rate program in order to support high-speed broadband for digital educational technology in classrooms and libraries. FCC staff indicated that they have three goals … Continue Reading

House Appropriators Mark-Up FY 2014 SFOPs Bill; Middle East Peace Talks

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Egypt The State Department continues to call for an end to perceived arbitrary arrests in Egypt. Despite reported calls in Egypt by Islamists and the opposition for U.S. Ambassador Ann Patterson to leave Cairo, the State Department maintains its support for the embattled veteran Foreign Service officer. Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary … Continue Reading

House Committee On Energy And Commerce Released Updated Draft Legislation That Addresses Physician Payments Under Medicare

Legislative Activity Energy and Commerce and SGR Reform Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce released updated draft legislation that addresses physician payments under Medicare and reforms the sustainable growth rate. While Republicans Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Michael Burgess (R-TX) have been active in the drafting … Continue Reading

Senate Committee Reviews Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill; DHS Compiles Critical Infrastructure List

Legislative Branch Activity Cybersecurity Legislation The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is expected to mark up a bipartisan cybersecurity bill before the end of this month. A draft of the bill is currently being circulated and contains provisions that would codify the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to continue … Continue Reading

Senate Committee Reviewing Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill; OMB Reviewing Cybersecurity Incentive Proposals; DOE Announces Public-Private Partnership

Legislative Branch Activity Cybersecurity Legislation The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is expected to mark up a bipartisan cybersecurity bill drafted by Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) by the end of this month. The bill will be focused on defining industry standards for critical infrastructure and strengthening cybersecurity … Continue Reading

Privacy; Spectrum Sharing; Spectrum Hearing; Disability Access; Contraband Wireless Devices in Jails

Legislative and Regulatory Activity Privacy The World Wide Consortium (W3C), which has led the multistakeholder effort to establish a universal Do Not Track (DNT) standard, will reach its last call deadline next Monday, July 1. In an email to members of the working group last week, W3C co-chairs Peter Swire and Matthias Schunter pledged to … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing, GOM Lease Sale 227 & “Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Centers”

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: Tuesday, June 25: A Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee will consider pending energy efficiency legislation. Wednesday, June 26: A House Natural Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The Power Marketing Administrations: A Ratepayer Perspective.” Regulatory Activity Hydraulic Fracturing According to a senior EPA official, the federal research study … Continue Reading

“Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Legislative Activity Franks Abortion Bill The House is scheduled to take up H.R. 1797, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” on Tuesday, June 18, that would ban nearly all abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), was approved by a vote of 20-12 by the House Judiciary … Continue Reading

House Committee to Introduce Cybersecurity Legislation; Executive Order Deadlines on Cybersecurity; FDA Issues Draft Guidance

Legislative Branch Activity Cybersecurity Legislation The House Homeland Security Committee will introduce a new piece of cybersecurity legislation that would codify the cyber roles and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as address other key aspects of cybersecurity. The committee has been working with stakeholders for several weeks on its draft … Continue Reading

Satellite Communications; Patent Reform

Legislative Activity Satellite Communications As a follow up to its hearing in mid-February, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a second hearing related to the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), which expires in 2014 (see This Week’s Hearings below).  The witness list has not yet been finalized, … Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Reviewing Cybersecurity Legislation; Rep. Rogers Introduces Legislation on Cyber Espionage

Legislative Branch Activity House Homeland Security Committee Legislation According to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies is planning to mark up legislation on Thursday, June 13 that would codify the cyber roles and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), … Continue Reading

Mark Up Underway on Pentagon Budget; New Cyber Rules on Military Counter of Direct Cyber Attacks; New Proposal on Contractor Executive Compensation Cap

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Pentagon Budget This Wednesday, June 5, the House Armed Services Committee will mark up its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1960). That same day, the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee will also mark up, in a closed session, a spending bill for the Department of Defense (DOD). It … Continue Reading