At least two lawmakers received have received notices that their personal data may now be in the hands of hackers believed to be working for China.
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Tony Scott said his mission "is to dramatically reduce the number of cyber incidents.”
A recent hearing yielded new details about how hackers were able to make off with data on millions of current and former federal employees.
Price is significantly less important than technical approach, the request for quotes says.
“I think it’s time for them to resign, and if they don’t, I think the president should fire them,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz said of leadership at the Office of Personnel Management.
Some Senate employees were told Tuesday that their personal information had been compromised.
Attackers made far greater headway into federal personnel systems than was first disclosed by the government.
The United States is both attacker and victim.
The Commerce Department will forge ahead, but privacy advocates have lost faith in negotiations over software that can identify faces.
Advocates say the DATA Act is changing the way government works.