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Multiple data security breaches reported by FDIC

Washington Post: “In yet another example of fragile security in federal cyber systems, data for 44,000 Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. customers were breached by an employee leaving the agency. The breach occurred in February and was outlined in an internal FDIC memorandum obtained by The Washington Post. The March 18 memo from Lawrence Gross Jr.,Continue Reading

Transportation Security: Issues for the 114th Congress

CRS report – Transportation Security: Issues for the 114th Congress. Bart Elias, Specialist in Aviation Policy; David Randall Peterman, Analyst in Transportation Policy; John Frittelli, Specialist in Transportation Policy. May 9, 2016. “The nation’s air, land, and marine transportation systems are designed for accessibility and efficiency, two characteristics that make them highly vulnerable to terroristContinue Reading

National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017 and Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Via the New Energy Times, Excerpt from May 4, 2016, Report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives on HR 4909 Together With Additional Views see Congress Directs Secretary of Defense to Provide LENR Briefing as follows: “The committee is aware of recent positive developments in developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produceContinue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on Mass Surveillance Statute

Via EFF: “The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act Tuesday May 10. The Act, passed in 2008, created what is now known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  Section 702 is used for mass spying, and government surveillance conducted under the lawContinue Reading

Delivery Drones: Coming to the Sky Near You?

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – Delivery Drones: Coming to the Sky Near You? – 05/06/2016: “Can you prevent a drone from flying over your house to deliver a package to your neighbor? Until now, that question has been of purely theoretical interest. However, the Senate recently passed a bill that could significantly changeContinue Reading

H.R. 4894, a bill to repeal title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

CBO: “H.R. 4894 would repeal title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. That title provides the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) with the authority and funding through the Orderly Liquidation Fund (OLF) to liquidate large, systemically important financial firms (including banks and nonbank firms) that become or are in danger ofContinue Reading

Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs): A Primer

CRS report via FAS – Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs): A Primer, John J. Topoleski, Analyst in Income Security. April 27, 2016. “In response to concerns over the adequacy of retirement savings, Congress has created incentives to encourage individuals to save more for retirement through a variety of retirement plans. Some retirement plansContinue Reading

Judge Merrick Garland: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court

CRS Report via FAS – Judge Merrick Garland: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court. Andrew Nolan, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney; Kate M. Manuel, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney; Brandon J. Murrill, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney. April 27, 2016. “On March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for theContinue Reading

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 presented to President Obama

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 – “This bill amends the federal criminal code to create a private civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Specifically, the bill authorizes a trade secret owner to file a civil action in a U.S. district court seeking relief for trade secret misappropriation related to a product orContinue Reading

2017–2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: 2017–2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program – “The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for administering the leasing program for oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and developing a five-year schedule of lease sales designed toContinue Reading

Judicial Conference Committee seeks to implement wider law enforcement surveillance

Follow up to Supreme Court expands surveillance powers of intelligence agency via EFF – With Rule 41, Little-Known Committee Proposes to Grant New Hacking Powers to the Government – The government hacking into phones and seizing computers remotely? It’s not the plot of a dystopian blockbuster summer movie. It’s a proposal from an obscure committeeContinue Reading

GAO Report – Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation

Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-16-580T: Published: Apr 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2016. “GAO’s 2016 annual report identifies 92 new actions that Congress and executive branch agencies could take to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government in 37 areas. GAO identifiesContinue Reading