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Rockefeller and Snowe retool cybersecurity bill

July 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, plan to circulate after the August recess a retooled version of sweeping cybersecurity legislation they introduced in April, according to aides. The bill will likely be the subject of a September hearing, with a markup scheduled shortly thereafter. They...

Towns to call attention to peer-to-peer network issues

July 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus Towns today is expected to blame the Bush administration for having a laissez-faire attitude that has allowed privacy and security problems posed by peer-to-peer networks to persist online. At a hearing on the topic, he is likely to call for legislation to guard...

Groups push to expand telemedicine provisions

July 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While much of the healthcare debate is focused on cost containment and the uninsured, Silicon Valley is leaning on the Senate Finance Committee to consider incorporating new payment methods to spur wider adoption of telemedicine. In the panel's policy options document released this summer, some members floated a proposal for...

IP, cyber czar jobs remain open

July 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six months into the Obama administration, two White House posts viewed as critical to the high-tech and intellectual property sectors remain vacant -- and lawmakers and industry stakeholders are getting antsy. President Obama's picks for the cybersecurity and IP coordinator jobs have all but been finalized, sources said, yet no...

HHS outlines markers on advancing health IT

July 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HHS Health IT Coordinator David Blumenthal said today his agency is making rapid progress on overhauling health information technology, in particular the $19 billion in incentives aimed at spurring nationwide adoption of electronic medical records. This summer, said Blumenthal, his office will make public its plans for creating infrastructure support...

Federal CIOs are key to Obama's change agenda

July 1, 2009 Editor's note: This article is from the June 15 special issue of Government Executive, "Racing To Innovate," which addresses the challenges facing federal chief information officers. When White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stepped up to the podium in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room for the first time,...

Beckstrom unfazed by challenges at ICANN

June 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Rod Beckstrom accepted the top job at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers last week, a former Homeland Security Department colleague warned him that his tenure as director of the National Cybersecurity Center was a walk in the park compared to being CEO of the nonprofit group...

Rockefeller seeks July action on cybersecurity bill

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller is aiming for a July committee vote on sweeping cybersecurity legislation he introduced in April with Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, a senior Rockefeller aide said today. Before the markup, the bill could see significant changes and an additional hearing, according to Rockefeller chief of...

Wide-ranging changes might be sought for cybersecurity

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration could ask Congress for regulatory changes to create "far-reaching incentives" for prioritizing cybersecurity in the private sector, which controls much of the nation's critical IT infrastructure, a high-ranking Department of Homeland Security official said Thursday. Acting Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications Michael Brown said a range...

Smaller medical practices get help with electronic records

June 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's implementation of stimulus package incentives intended to spur nationwide adoption of electronic medical records will give special attention to solo practitioners and small group practices, HHS Health IT Coordinator David Blumenthal told lawmakers Wednesday. He testified before the House Small Business Regulations and Healthcare Subcommittee, which heard...

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