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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY -
Last Week’s Hearings:
- Tuesday, September 24: The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, will hold a hearing to examine black...more
Cyber-attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policy makers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on...more
On June 25, President Obama announced an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change making good on a promise he made six months ago in his State of the Union Address when he said: “If...more
Cybersecurity initiatives are moving rapidly within the federal government and require owners and operators of critical infrastructure – including in particular Communication and Energy Systems, and those who supply and...more
General Legislative -
The Senate will convene today, Monday, June 3, at 2:00 pm and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 954, the Farm Bill, provided that alfalfa...more
Last week on Capitol Hill, Congress reviewed President Obama’s proposed FY14 budget and nominees for several cabinet positions. This past week also saw the introduction of the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, which...more
The unconventional hydrocarbon resource boom that hit the US and Europe had gone relatively unnoticed in Russia until recently. Ignoring the world’s fascination with the potential of unconventional resources, Russia...more
Last week was busy on Capitol Hill: Dr. Ernest Moniz’s nomination hearing for Secretary of Energy was on April 9th, and Gina McCarthy’s nomination hearing for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator took place on...more
Although the House and Senate are on recess, April promises to be a busy month—the nominees for the Interior and Energy Departments will have their confirmation hearings in Senate next week, and Congress is expected to...more
To avoid governmental shutdown, the House and Senate are committed to passing a second continuing resolution (H.R. 933) before the current one expires on March 27. The new continuing resolution (CR) is expected to provide...more
A sweeping cyber security law is unlikely to pass any time soon.
White House Cyber Security Coordinator Michael Daniel warned last week that President Obama's Executive Order on Cyber Security (EO) could result in new...more
President Obama proposed several broad energy-related initiatives in his State of the Union address last week, which are summarized in David Flynn’s post below. Noticeably absent from the President’s address was “clean coal,”...more
A tempting response to the Cybersecurity Executive Order (the "Order"), announced by President Obama at his State of the Union address, is to ignore it. It is vague in key particulars, such as which companies are part of the...more
Little more than a week after reports of cyber attacks targeted at the Department of Energy, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that these forms of...more
On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued a long-anticipated Executive Order concerning cybersecurity entitled Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Executive Order marks a major milestone in the Federal...more
President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on many issues of critical importance to Americans, including America’s energy future and its link to economic growth and prosperity.
In discussing the need to...more
The long-awaited executive order entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” was issued on Tuesday, along with a companion Presidential Policy Directive and mention by the President in the State of the Union...more
Order will create a voluntary Cybersecurity Framework for designated critical infrastructure within a year.
On February 12, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security...more
As President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech to Congress on February 12, 2013, he simultaneously issued a highly anticipated Executive Order (“the Order”) focused on improving cybersecurity in the United...more
“America must … face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. Now, we know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private emails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our...more
On February 12, 2012, President Obama signed an Executive Order as well as a complementary Presidential Policy Directive intended to improve the flow of information and cyber-threat intelligence between government agencies...more
The long-awaited cybersecurity executive order (EO), which will ultimately establish national cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure, was issued by President Obama on February 12, 2013. At the same time, the...more
On February 12, President Obama signed a much-anticipated cybersecurity executive order intended to “enhance the security and resilience” of U.S. critical infrastructure. The executive order is very similar to a draft leaked...more
On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an ExecutiveOrder on cybersecurity designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure. By passing Congress — which could not agree on a legislative proposal — the...more
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