A bill reforming federal management of information technology has another shot at becoming law following the House's Feb. 25 passage by voice vote of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The bill (H.R. 1232) the House approved Tuesday afternoon is different in some key respects from an earlier version the House attached as an amendment to a national defense authorization bill.
A legislative attempt to create a Postal Service innovation officer and allow the agency to offer non-postal services such as check cashing failed during a Feb. 11 House Oversight and Governmental Affairs committee markup.
Three information technology officials from the Health and Human Services Department vouched for the security of healthcare.gov at a sometimes contentious House Oversight Committee hearing Jan. 16. No attacks on the site have been successful, said Kevin Charest, HHS's chief information security officer. He also called the code behind one widely reported denial-of-service attack attempt "rudimentary."
The House passed a bill Friday that would impose stringent new reporting requirements on the Health and Human Services Department whenever any healthcare exchange created under the Affordable Care Act suffers a data breach. The White House opposes the bill.
Last year Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) touted postal reform as a way to save the beleaguered agency, but now he wants to use savings from a proposed reduced delivery schedule to restore cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.
Two Senate appropriators introduced Tuesday a stand-alone bill that would increase the authorities of federal chief information officers in the largest federal agencies, except the Defense Department.
A dispute has broken out between the Health and Human Services Department and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee over documents related to the security of healthcare.gov. The committee subpoenaed several healthcare.gov contractors for documents concerning the development of the website.
The Obama administration is trying to stop the unregulated flow of campaign money through nonprofit organizations by prohibiting tax-protected social welfare groups from undertaking candidate-related political activity.
The House passed Nov. 19 the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), which requires federal agencies and departments to release more complete and higher-quality spending data. The bill also shifts oversight of federal spending transparency dashboard USASpending.gov from the Office of Management and Budget to the Treasury Department.
In a hearing characterized by interruptions and flashes of anger by members of Congress at each other, healthcare.gov project manager Henry Chao told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that his decision to disable an anonymous shopper feature on the troubled website was driven by technical difficulties, not White House pressure."It failed so miserably that we could not conscionably let people use it," Chao said.