In advance of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States on Sept. 24, officials from both nations are trying to hammer out an agreement to not attack each other's infrastructure with cyber weapons during peacetime.
As the Senate left for its month-long recess on Aug. 7, it had confirmed only five judges so far in 2015.
Sixty-eight security experts, technology companies and civil society groups sent a letter to President Obama July 27, urging him to threaten to veto the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.
Last year, the president announced he would offer deportation relief and three-year work permits to roughly 4 million undocumented immigrants, mostly parents who have lived in the country for at least five years and have children who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
If confirmed by the Senate, Peter Neffenger would replace former TSA administrator John Pistole who retired from public service Dec. 31 after announcing his depature two months before.
The White House said President Obama would veto the House's version of the fiscal 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriation bill should it land on his desk.
With 2014 as the warmest year on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record in the 21st Century, Obama said there will be stronger storms, longer droughts and more wildfires, among other implications.
However, John Roth says there's a feeling among Secret Service officers that they can't report such misconduct to superiors because they fear retaliation, which is a serious problem.
A bi-partisan group of House lawmakers March 26 introduced legislation aimed at reforming the Secret Service, which has been plagued by a series of scandals, low morale and breaches over the last few years.
In December, an independent panel convened by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recommended appointing a director from outside the Secret Service who could act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships.