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House Reconsiders Data Breach Bill

EPIC – “Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have convened to rework the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The Act, introduced by Reps. Blackburn and Welch, would require businesses to notify consumers of a data breach “unless there is no reasonable risk of identity theft or financial harm.” The bill would also preempt stronger state laws, and would strip the FCC of its authority to protect consumer privacy. Rep. Frank Pallone and others have raised concerns. EPIC previously urged Congress to adopt baseline federal law that would allow states to develop innovative legislative responses to privacy risks.”

CRS – Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile. Jennifer E. Manning, Information Research Specialist. March 31, 2015. “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity,Continue Reading

GAO Report – Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-15-404SP: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. “In its 2015 report, GAO presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 24 areas that span a broad rangeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Air Traffic Control, Broadcast Exclusivity Rules, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

sAir Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen, GAO-15-370: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response, GAO-15-441: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. F-35 Joint StrikeContinue Reading

H.R. 1560, Protecting Cyber Networks Act

“H.R. 1560 would establish within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) a center that would be responsible for analyzing and integrating information from the intelligence community related to cyber threats. In addition, the bill would require the government to establish procedures for sharing information and data on cyber threats between the federalContinue Reading

Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile. Jennifer E. Manning, Information Research Specialist. March 31, 2015 “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity,Continue Reading

Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order

CRS – Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, Kathleen Ann Ruane, Legislative Attorney. April 6, 2015. “In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that will impose rules governing the management of Internet traffic as it passes over broadband Internet access services (BIAS), whether thoseContinue Reading

Social Media in the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions

CRS – Social Media in the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions – Jacob R. Straus, Analyst on the Congress; Matthew E. Glassman, Analyst on the Congress. April 2, 2015. “Recently, the number of Member offices adopting social media as an official communications tool has increased. With the increased use of social media accounts forContinue Reading

S. 766, Driver Privacy Act of 2015

CBO – “S. 766 would establish that any data collected by event data recorders (EDRs) in motor vehicles are the property of the owner or lessee of the vehicle and would set broad conditions under which such data could be retrieved by others for purposes such as judicial proceedings, investigations, and traffic safety research. TheContinue Reading

Congress and the Federal Reserve: Independence and accountability

Congress and the Federal Reserve: Independence and accountability. Sarah Binder, George Washington University, Brookings Institution; Mark Spindel, Potomac River Capital, LLC. Forthcoming in Jenkins, Jeffrey and Eric Patashnik, Eds. Congress and Policy Making in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press). Draft February 2015. “The recent global financial crisis reveals limits of central bank independence. InContinue Reading

A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation

Pew Report – “Democrats hold advantages in party identification among blacks, Asians, Hispanics, well-educated adults and Millennials. Republicans have leads among whites – particularly white men, those with less education and evangelical Protestants – as well as members of the Silent Generation. A new analysis of long-term trends in party affiliation among the public providesContinue Reading

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Insurance Information Institute – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program – Renewed and Restructured – April 2015. “Since its initial enactment in 2002 the terrorism risk insurance program has been revised and extended three times. The most recent extension—the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA)—ensures its continuation until December 31, 2020. On January 8,Continue Reading